As we are busy preparing for an exciting spring and looking forward to warmer weather, we want to reflect back on another successful All-Stars winter season. Each year, middle school coaches choose a select number of 6th-8th grade students from their teams to participate in All-Stars. These students are selected for their soccer skills and embodying SCORES’ core values of Teamwork, Leadership, and Commitment. Of all the middle school students participating in our program, 40 were selected to participate.
All-Stars participants met every Friday for 8 weeks over the winter to participate in more advanced drill and conditioning work and scrimmage with their teammates. One of the unique aspects of All-Stars is that participants not only develop their leadership and soccer skills, but they build friendships with SCORES students from other schools. As one of our participants from Cardenas said when asked what she likes about All-Stars,
“I like All-Stars because I get to know kids from other schools that used to be my opponents and are now my teammates.”
Current middle school soccer coaches, Lissette and Noel, coached the girls and boys teams, respectively. In addition to coaching for All-Stars, Lissette and Noel also coached the America SCORES Chicago high alumni teams that participated in ChiTown Futbol’s high school league. The high school league team brings together alumni from the SCORES program who, though currently aged out of SCORES official programming, continue to return to reconnect with their teammates and coaches each winter. Each week, a few middle school players are selected by their coaches to join the high school teams for that week’s game.
At the end of the high school league, the girls team finished in 2nd place and the boys team finished in 1st place!