On Saturday, June 2nd, the America SCORES Chicago community came together to celebrate the end of the spring season at Jamboree! The day was filled with soccer, service project presentations, and lots of smiling children. The celebration began with each team presenting their service flags to their families, the volunteers, and the SCORES team. Throughout the day, each team played two soccer games, presented their service projects, and tried to dunk their coaches in the dunk tank. There was also face painting, button making, team picnics & BBQs! At the end of the day, awards were given out based on which teams demonstrated the most teamwork, leadership, and commitment throughout the season. Castellanos won the elementary school golden ball, Catalyst won the elementary school shield of service, and the Hughes boys won the golden boot. This event would not have been such a success without the help of our incredible volunteers from Newell, West Monroe Partners, our Development Board, our alumni, and former members of the SCORES Team. We had a blast and can’t wait to do it all again next year!
With Jamboree right around the corner, we enlisted the help of 10 volunteers from West Monroe Partners in an corporate impact day on Friday June 1st! They started out by helping us load the van with all of our supplies; fortunately, they had a packing expert in their ranks as the van ended up filled to the brim with equipment and snacks!. After that they learned more about the program from Amy, our Executive Director, who inspired and rallied the troops for phase two of the day! Re-energized after some water and snacks, the team went to one of our long-time partner schools, Pilsen Community Academy, to help them out with a few different tasks. They started out by organizing the supply closet: taking inventory and making all of the school supplies more accessible. They ended the day having a blast as they helped out during recess. Some of the volunteers jumped rope and ran soccer drills with the kids while others took part in an impromptu basketball game with the students. Armin, one of the volunteers said, “Today was a great way for us to help out at SCORES, give back to the community and to get to interact with the kids at Pilsen. It’s nice to see the program in action. I’m excited to help out at Jamboree tomorrow!”