Chris Heck to be Guest of Honor at America Scores Poetry Slam

HARRISON, NJ (March 16, 2012) – Each spring, America SCORES celebrates the achievements of their students with a National Poetry SLAM! This year’s event will take place on April 16 at the Apollo Theater in New York City and the event’s Guest of Honor will be New York Red Bulls President of Operations, Chris Heck. Past honorees have included Robin Williams, Don Garber, Rick Davis, Sunil Gulati and most recently Kathy Carter (2011).

At the National Poetry SLAM!, two poets from each of the organization’s 15 cities are selected from among 5,000 America SCORES students to travel to New York to perform original poetry. This year’s poets will be performing from the stage of the World Famous Apollo Theater.  The host will be National Soccer Hall of Fame member, John Harkes. Members of the Red Bulls will also be present at the event.


Who:    30 elementary school disadvantaged youth visiting from 15 cities

Sponsored by America SCORES


The following supporters will be at the event:

Chris Heck, President of Business Operations, New York Red Bulls

John Harkes, Soccer Hall of Fame and Former Player

Ben Chrnelich, America SCORES National Board Chair

Members of the New York Red Bulls soccer team


Date:    Monday, April 16, 2012


Venue: Apollo Theater

253 W. 125th Street

New York, NY 10027

Interviews: Press will have the opportunity to interview youth at the Apollo Theater from 4:30 – 5:30pm. RSVP to mwong@americascores.org

Please register your attendance to this event by Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Event: 6:00      Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction

7:30      Sixth Annual National Poetry SLAM!

9:00      Dessert Reception with Meet and Greet with Poet-Athletes

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About America SCORES

A national nonprofit organization, America SCORES partners with public schools in low-income communities to provide a high quality, award-winning afterschool program to elementary and middle school youth. Integrating soccer, poetry and service-learning, our innovative approach improves at-risk students’ health, academic achievement and civic engagement by focusing on teamwork, creativity, literacy, school engagement and leadership. Our mission is to inspire urban youth to lead healthy lives, be engaged students, and have the confidence and character to make a difference in the world.

Each year, America SCORES serves 5,000 students each year through our core program and reaches an additional 2,500 kids through community outreach. Over 500 teachers and coaches deliver America SCORES programming in over 150 urban public schools across 15 cities: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, New York, Portland (OR), San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Washington, DC and West Contra Costa (CA).