Annual Report 2016
building teams, improving lives
DC SCORES goes where kids in need are and creates neighborhood teams that give kids the confidence and skills to succeed on the playing field, in the classroom, and in life.
LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
“Soccer is life, it’s a beautiful game.” — Chavez Prep Middle School. So many DC SCORES poet-athletes feel this way, and in FY16 we were able to expand their soccer horizons further than ever before when we launched a long-term strategic partnership with D.C. United. Our thousands of young poet-athletes enjoyed access to mid-season trainings with United goalie Travis Worra, summer soccer clinics with United Academy youth coaches, game-day experiences at RFK Stadium, and multiple opportunities to talk to and learn from MLS players and coaches. Expanded soccer experiences didn’t stop at RFK’s door. Our Brightwood Education Campus team got to meet and train with the World Cup-winning U.S. Women’s National Team on the White House Ellipse. We launched soccer programs at nine DC rec centers. And all eight of our winter program teams got to enjoy the first-ever DC SCORES Winter Sports Day, in partnership with the Embassy of Qatar.
“Have you ever heard of Hope Avenue? Or Change Way? I want to go there someday.” — Emelisa U., Marie Reed Elementary School. DC SCORES alumni continued to lead the way this year. Edwin, who spoke no English when he joined DC SCORES in 4th grade, graduated a high school valedictorian and matriculated at Princeton. High school sophomore Christian set an example for his peers, volunteering nearly daily in our office and receiving his youth soccer referee certification. You can read their stories and about the progress of many other alumni on our blog.
“We are a community of respect, teamwork, and sportsmanship.” — Bancroft Elementary School. All of our coaches model these values daily, but this year none more so than Coach Mark “Popsie” Lewis, who was named a Major League Soccer (MLS) Community Coach Regional MVP and a WJLA-7 (ABC) Harris Hero for his work with DC SCORES.
“Shoot with cameras, not guns.” Ten-year-old M’kya S. wrote her poem “Could Rap Music Be” to lament a recent shooting behind her school. Little did she know then that these words would carry her to cameras of the paparazzi at America SCORES’ 10th annual National Poetry SLAM! in New York City.
These are just a few highlights of a year chock full of energy, emotion, fun, and fierce determination both on and off the field. I invite you to relive all of FY16 with us through this rich, multimedia annual report. Thank you for being part of our team!
STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION
|Statement of Financial Position||At August 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$175,227||$161,798|
|Contributions and foundations receivable, net||$17,825||$116,274|
|Government awards receivable||$173,466||$38,357|
|Prepaid expenses and other assets||$24,102||$28,787|
|Total current assets||$390,620||$345,216|
|Contributions and foundation grants receivable, net||$204,259||$177,312|
|Property and equipment, net||$12,783||$18,367|
|Liabilities and Net Assets|
|Accounts payable and accrued expenses||$46,794||$25,417|
|Deferred rent-- current portion||$2,200||-|
|Total current liabilities||$50,044||$30,417|
|Unrestricted net assets||$323,208||$201,463|
|Temporarily restricted net assets||$221,121||$285,841|
|Total net assets||$544,329||$487,304|
|Total liabilities and net assets||$607,662||$533,612|
STATEMENT OF ACTIVITIES AND CHANGES IN NET ASSETS
|For the year ended August 31, 2016|
|Support and Revenue|
|Corporation & foundation contributions||$505,275||$0||$505,275|
|Contributed materials and services||$31,422||$0||$31,422|
|Special events income||$121,259||$0||$121,259|
|Program related revenue||$-||$0||$0|
|Net assets released from restrictions||$207,787||$(207,787)||$0|
|Total Support and Revenue||$2,037,903||$(64,720)||$1,973,183|
|Soccer for success||$217,050||$0||$217,050|
|Total program services||$1,508,923||$0||$1,508,923|
|General & administrative||$180,680||$0||$180,680|
|Total supporting services||$407,235||$0||$407,235|
|Change in Net Assets||$121,745||$(64,720)||$57,025|
|Net Assets - Beginning of Year||$201,463||$285,841||$487,384|
|Net Assets - End of Year||$323,208||$221,121||$544,329|
|*Temp = temporarily|
2015-16 BY THE NUMBERS
DC SCORES strives to build the whole child. Not just the athlete. Not just the student. And not just the artist. That's why we combine soccer, poetry and spoken word, and service-learning in a consistent after-school model. The result of weekly soccer practices and games, writing workshops and performances, and the creation and implementation of service-learning projects -- all done as a team -- is students who are physically fit, are more engaged in school, and feel better about themselves and their connections to their school, peers, teachers and communities. Below is a summary of DC SCORES' impact during the 2015-16 school year:
IN THEIR OWN WORDS
On October 1, 2015, D.C. United and DC SCORES publicly announced that beginning with the 2015-16 school year, the D.C United Foundation and its United Soccer Club would join forces with award-winning youth development nonprofit DC SCORES to serve more than 2,000 young people across the District of Columbia.
In May 2016, we honored those who make DC SCORES possible for thousands of DC children -- coaches and volunteers. During the gala at the Longview Gallery, soccer and writing coaches received awards for commitment to their students and for embodying the teamwork they instill in kids, and volunteers were celebrated for their tireless dedication.
This thing keeps growing! The 21st Annual Jamboree! celebrating the spring season featured a record more than 2,000 kids, hundreds of family members, program partners, volunteers, and more, playing hundreds of soccer games and engaging in countless other activities at Anacostia Park from dancing to service-learning presentations to relay races!
In late June, more than 500 DC-area professionals represented 32 companies and firms at the 14th Annual DC SCORES Cup. The largest, most dynamic team-building corporate charity soccer tournament in the metropolitan area was a monster success and directly raised more than $140,000 for DC SCORES.
September Through August
The DC SCORES fiscal year aligns with the school year, beginning in September and running through August. As in every year, during 2015-16 we provided programming for low-income DC youth during every month. We were there for those in need of a team and a structured and supportive environment year-round. The following pages sum up our four program seasons.
Soccer and Spoken Word
By The Numbers
1,473 students at
8,715 original poems written
40 Poetry Slam! performances
Stories Of Impact
Capital Cup Champions
The Capital Cup Championship is the season-ending soccer event of the fall season and shows just how much improvement teams make during 12 weeks of DC SCORES and how much the sport means to the neighborhoods and communities we serve. That was most evident as the Capital City Public Charter School girls and Raymond Education Campus boys teams played inspired games full of teamwork to claim titles.
I AM POWERFUL
In a matter of two nights, 40 teams of poet-athletes reminded capacity audiences that included DC's Deputy Mayor for Education that there is plenty of hope in the world and that their words have meaning and influence. Feeling empowered from 12 weeks of poetry sessions, one school-based team after another took the stage and delivered united, inspiring, stirring, eye-opening, tear-jerking and poignant works of creative expression.
Nutrition and Bridging Communities
179 students at 8 schools
Stories Of Impact
LEARNING TO EAT HEALTHY
The winter DC SCORES season teaches students that there are two parts to being healthy -- not just being active but also eating well. At eight DC SCORES sites, kids learned what foods and drinks are unhealthy; how to consume snacks and meals in moderation; and how to easily and quickly prepare delicious nutritious snacks and meals for themselves and their families. Thanks to Winter SCORES, kids felt healthy and prepared for the spring soccer season.
WINTER SPORTS DAY
DC SCORES was proud to present, for the first time, Winter Sports Day for all Winter SCORES participants on Feb. 2, 2016. The event was held in partnership with the Qatar Embassy and Qatar Foundation International at Total Soccer Arena in Landover, Md., and gave kids the opportunity to play soccer and be introduced to Qatari cultures through the arts, dress, and food.
Soccer and Service-Learning
By The Numbers
1644 students at
416 soccer games played
48 service-learning projects
Stories Of Impact
ALUMNI SOCCER TOURNEY
More than 150 kids making up 17 teams spent a chunk of their spring break playing countless soccer games, reuniting with friends, and laughing and smiling under sunny skies while a wind ripped across the green turf surface on which three games took place simultaneously -- one round after another. It was the biggest alumni tournament to date, demonstrating how connected high school students feel to DC SCORES.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Regardless of their school’s circumstances, students at every DC SCORES site make their neighborhood and community better each spring with a service-learning project. At Imagine Hope Charter School, a school without green space, the team created a garden and place for plants to grow by cutting up plastic bottles and adding soil and seeds. Soon, plants were growing on the school’s blacktop!
Keeping Minds and Bodies Engaged
203 students at three camps
Stories Of Impact
NEREIDA THE SOCCER STAR
DC SCORES’ three free soccer and arts summer camps give kids like Nereida a chance to get one-on-one instruction with experienced coaches and make great strides with their skills and confidence before the fall season begins. Nereida worked tirelessly during the two weeks of Tubman soccer camp and greatly impressed counselors with her dedication to the sport.
EDWIN’S JOURNEY TO PRINCETON
Each summer we’re reminded of the impact our coaches have on individual kids. For Edwin O., his longtime soccer coach Mark “Popsie” Lewis was a mentor who helped mold Edwin from a shy sixth-grader into a confident leader in high school not just on the playing field but in school where he was valedictorian and earned a full scholarship to Princeton University. Popsie deservedly won the D.C. United MLS Works Community MVP for his dedication to DC SCORES.
DC SCORES StaffChloe Doto
Bethany Rubin Henderson
*Indicates former staff member
It didn’t take long for Libby Watkins to realize the impact of DC SCORES on children in the District of Columbia. The Whitman College (Wash.) graduate, knew within weeks of beginning her AmeriCorps year in 2012 that DC SCORES works.
Since then, Libby has worked tirelessly to prove — through data — this to those who don’t see the program on a daily basis. Libby has evolved from a Soccer Coordinator her first year to Director of Monitoring & Evaluation, overseeing DC SCORES’ efforts to not only evaluate the effectiveness of the program but also use data to modify elements of programming for the betterment of the kids involved.
“Whether it's seeing a smiling face at a game day, analyzing data that shows gains of participants, or talking to coaches about kids who have been transformed by DC SCORES, I love being able to reaffirm that our program works,” Libby says.
In 2015, Libby was named an Evaluate for Change Millennial Nonprofit Data Fellow, a program that helped her gain an even greater understanding of advanced data and evaluation methods. Libby understands the importance of staying ahead of the curve with the newest methods of data gathering, especially as she — and other program staff — tackle the challenge of DC SCORES growing each year while making sure the organization’s high-quality programming is not compromised.
“As we strive to provide better programming more efficiently to increasing numbers of youth throughout the city, it's essential to determine what works and why it works,” Libby says. “Evaluation should shine a light on our successes and our areas for growth, ultimately allowing us to replicate best practices.”
On the ground, Libby is responsible for leading pre- and post-season fitness and survey evaluations of DC SCORES poet-athletes. This means organizing afternoons before and after each 12-week DC SCORES season to bring several program sites to a location and conduct fitness tests, gather BMI data, and have kids fill out surveys. One of the most challenging aspects of Libby’s job is making sure the same kids are present at both days.
Additionally, Libby has worked extensively with other program staff to build and streamline a system for monitoring the effectiveness of DC SCORES programming at each of our now-55 sites across Washington, DC. Libby played a large role in developing a red/yellow/green school status/performance management system that allows staff to efficiently determine which schools need the most staff time and resources.
Having played the sport in college, the soccer aspect of DC SCORES is what initially attracted Libby to the organization in 2012. Since then, she’s embraced all aspects of DC SCORES from game days, to evaluation days, to a staff which, Libby says, “make coming to work every day fun and are as energized about our mission as I am.” Libby was even asked by a DC SCORES site, Seaton Elementary School, to give their commencement speech.
“I'd say I am proud of the shift toward being more data-driven and the change in data use,” Libby says. “I'm also proud of the relationships I've built with our amazing coaches!”
FROM THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
DC SCORES Board of DirectorsDavid Barritt-Flatt Barton Bishop*
Ronya A. Corey
Mark D. Cowan
Carl S. Kravitz*
Howard L. McMillan, III
Wally Okpych IV
Jennifer Gennaro Oxley
DC SCORES Board InternsBrendon DelToro
I am proud to say that DC SCORES, in our 22nd year, is as focused and motivated as ever to serve hundreds of young people across the District with a quality program during critical after-school hours. Over the past year, coming off FY15 with a moderate financial challenge, the board and organization’s leadership recalibrated. We looked deeper within the organization with the purpose of creating stability and continuing to build a foundation from which to grow, innovate and lead.
We added new board members - passionate and thoughtful individuals with a diverse set of skills and a renewed and enhanced commitment to bring in more dollars. We focused on financial management, ensuring our internal controls and systems are meeting organizational demands. We deepened and defined our D.C. United relationship, partnering to serve more kids at new sites. And, we began expanding our corporate partnerships and revenue streams which will allow us to sustain and grow as we address a wait list of schools anxious for the DC SCORES program.
If you have ever attended the Poetry Slam!, or a game day, or watched kids come together in a classroom to share and hear and give feedback, you would feel the infectious energy that is DC SCORES. As a board of directors, we feel fortunate to be one part of this life-changing and positive experience for kids. As an organization, we thank you, the DC SCORES family of supporters, for your time and contributions. We could not do this work without you.
Sincerely, Anthony Brown
Corporations, foundations, and government agencies play a critical role in helping us achieve our mission. We gratefully acknowledge those who generously provided financial support to DC SCORES in 2015-16.
League Champions $100,000+
D.C. Department of Health
Office of the State Superintendent of Education (21st Century Community Learning Centers; Physical Activity for Youth)
U.S. Soccer Foundation
Team Champions $50,000-$99,999
The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
Chiaramonte Family Foundation
D.C. Children & Youth Investment Trust Corporation
Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
Scoring Champions $25,000-$49,999
D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities
D.C. Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs
Lois and Richard England Family Foundation
Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility
John Edward Fowler Memorial Foundation
Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (New Communities Youth Development & Community Wellness)
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
Audi of America
Capital for Children
Cresa Washington DC
Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation
George Preston Marshall Foundation
The Herb Block Foundation
Lainoff Family Foundation
Arnold & Porter LLP
Corina Higginson Trust
Embassy of Qatar
The Frechette Family Foundation
Grant Thornton LLP
Hogan Lovells US LLP
IMF Civic Fund
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Richard E. and Nancy P. Marriott Foundation
Marriott International, Inc.
Teammates for Kids/Garth Brooks Foundation
George Wasserman Family Foundation
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Williams & Connolly LLP
Women’s Sports Foundation Sports4Life
Zuckerman Spaeder LLP
Capitol Hill Community Foundation
Crowell and Moring Foundation
The Dimick Foundation
Jacob & Charlotte Lehrman Foundation
Meltzer Group Employee Giving Fund
Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation
Fullgraf Family Foundation
The Bank of America Charitable Foundation
JLL Community Connection
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
DC SCORES is grateful for the financial support of more than 800 individuals each year. Below are those donors who gave $100 or more to support DC youth in 2015-16.
Members of our League of Champions (denoted by a *) pledge a major gift of $1,000 or more every year for at least five years.
Carl Kravitz and Elizabeth Werner*
Lisa Koteen Gerchick*
Richard E and Nancy P Marriott Foundation
George Wasserman Family Foundation
Sue Budin and John Lloyd
Ronya Corey and Devon McFadden*
Barbara and Cal Klausner*
James Meadows II
David and Paige Nicol*
Walter and Christine Okpych*
Kevin and Pamela Payne
Beth Myers and Matthew Squire
Anne and Fred Woodworth
Allison Brown and Gardner Humphreys
Fabrangen Tzedakah Collective
Barbara and Matthew Landau
David and Karen Owens
Charles A Samuels
D. Dodge Thompson
Mark D. Young
Patrick and Trish Ahern
Hedy J Aponte
David and Denise Barmak
Winell H. C. Belfonte
Patrick and Elizabeth Blake
Dennis and Alice Blumer
Thomas and Susan Burket
Kevin Byrne and Katrina Blomdahl
Rachel A Carren and Mark D Young
Carl Cohen and Dr.Wendy Rubinstein
The Fairbanks Family
Patricia J Farrell and Robert G Watkins
Matthew and Jennifer Field
Deborah and Daniel Fins
Vicky and Robert Fontana
Hugh Gamble, III
Stephen and Michelle Goodman
Alan W H Gourley
Seth and Jennifer Halvaksz
Dori and Mark Hazan
Charles and Norma Henry
Doug and Joi Hollis
Jeffrey and Jane Istvan
Matthew James and Associates
Regina and Jonathan Kemp
Mary Lenore Keszler
Edward and Mary Lovitch
James and Nancy McBride
Linda R Munich
James and Kathleen O'Hara
Adam Paulson and Lyndsy Bennett
Mark and Ashley Pino
Nancy Polikoff and Cheryl Swannack
John and Jill Preotle
Amy and Justin Rzepka
Milagros Salazar Driver
Karen L Schulman
Ann and Christopher Teras
Jessica and Stu Trevelyan
Mathew and Carrie Ward
Patricia Weiss Fagen
Mary and Michael Young
Thank you for another incredible year. We are grateful for your support as we continue to grow and strive to serve every kid in Washington, DC, deserving of a team!
- The DC SCORES Team