On May 11th, SCORES poet-athletes participated in the annual SHOUT Game Day at Douglas Park. In addition to playing soccer, the kids helped clean up the park, went on an exercise scavenger hunt, and conducted interviews with opposition team members, which they used to create a poem about their interview partner. SHOUT! is a great way for the kids to get to know other SCORES poet-athletes who aren’t on their team and may live in different neighborhoods. Partner poetry allows them to bond very quickly over shared interests. Here is am example of one of the poems a poet-athlete wrote:
William is my friend
He’ll be my friend ‘til the end
We play soccer
But he’s not a ball hogger
William is my friend.
After the teams finished their interviews and cleaned up the park, they did a scavenger hunt. Racing around the park, they searched for cards tied to trees. Each card had different exercises for them to do including planks, lunges, and frog jumps and why exercise is an important component of health. Finally, when they were done with each activity, it was time to play soccer (if they had any energy left!). When asked what she thought of SHOUT Game Day, Stephanie said, “my favorite parts were scoring a goal and doing the team interview. I learned that Melanie’s love science, the Cubs, and Taylor Swift, and that her favorite superhero is her sister.” We had a blast at SHOUT and can’t wait to do it all again next year.