Kids at Soccer de Mayo

Davis Elementary Holds Soccer de Mayo Event!

On May 5th, Davis Elementary held a community soccer day called “Soccer de Mayo” to bring together students and families in celebration. Highlights for the kids included face painting, a Timbers “cheer” station, and a bouncy castle!

Davis Elementary’s Keeley McAnnis-Entenman was kind enough to answer a few questions about the event and about Active Children Portland’s relationship with the school:

Kids at Soccer de Mayo

Kids at Davis Elementary participate in the community Soccer de Mayo event!

Active Children Portland: What inspired Soccer de Mayo? Why was soccer the focus of this community day?

Keeley: Soccer de Mayo was inspired by the Rockwood community’s need for a unifying event that could bring people together in a safe and fun environment. Soccer was the focus of this event due to its innate ability to be translated across languages, diverse demographics, and skill levels. Additionally, we wanted to promote health, exercise, and nutrition at this event, and provide a forum for families to see the accessibility of a healthy lifestyle.

Active Children Portland: Has having America SCORES and Soccer for Success at Davis increased interest in soccer? Has it increased parent involvement in any way?

Keeley: The impact of the America SCORES and Soccer for Success programs at Davis Elementary has been immeasurable. By providing out students with excellent soccer equipment, dedicated coaches, and an intentional curriculum, the America SCORES and Soccer for Success programs have enabled the Davis Soccer program to expand in the number of students involved, as well as set a standard of excellence for our kids. Through the opportunities provided by these programs, such as field trips and soccer games, we have seen a great increase in involvement from our parent community. Many parents have chaperoned our field trips and events, or volunteered during our soccer classes. It has been great to see parents play and interact with their kids on a different level. We are very grateful for the partnership cultivated between Davis Elementary and Active Children Portland, and look forward to all the future holds for the soccer programs at Davis.

Kids at Soccer de Mayo

Kids demonstrate their creativity at Davis Elementary’s Soccer de Mayo Event!

 

Coach Training Session

Active Children Portland’s Spring Training for Coaches

Coach Training Session

America SCORES and Soccer for Success coaches receive behavior management and program training

Most of the time when you hear the words, ‘Spring Training’ they are reserved for baseball, but not this time! Active Children Portland held its first ever ‘Spring Training’ last Friday at the adidas Village. We trained 25 coaches, helping to prepare them for our spring programming! We will have 400 students at 8 elementary schools participating in America SCORES and US Soccer Foundation’s Soccer for Success Program.

Notes During Coach Training

Coaches take notes during the behavior management and program training sessions.

 

 

 

 

The training event was a huge success! The morning got off to a great start with Christa Thoeresz, from the Portland Timbers, as our keynote speaker. Christa shared several stories about how sport can make a difference. Maureen Quinn and Stacey Sowders from OSU Extension Services helped lead the morning sessions, which covered mentoring and behavior management. The afternoon session had Zola Short from the US Soccer Foundation work with the Soccer for Success coaches, while Active Children Portland staff went over the America SCORES curriculum and led a soccer workshop on the adidas field!

If you are interested in volunteering at one of the schools once a week, please contact Ben@acportland.org
James John Field

Active Children Portland Fall Events Recap

Active Children Portland has been busy this fall season! We began both America SCORES and Soccer for Success programming at seven local elementary schools and just Soccer for Success programming at another two. The America SCORES season was kicked off with a Fall Frenzy event that brought kids together from all over the city to participate in a two day friendly tournament. Highlights included a guest appearance by Portland Timbers player Kenny Cooper who can be seen below taking shots on kids in goal!

Fall Frenzy

Kids Defend the Goal from Portland Timber Kenny Cooper at Fall Frenzy

November was a great month for Active Children Portland! On November 15th the dedication ceremony for the new micro field at James John Elementary was held. formally Active Children Portland collaborated with numerous organizations including Depave, Timbers Army, 107ist, Luis Palau, Season of Service, Southlake Church, Convergence Architecture and others to make this project happen and we are excited to see the field’s completion! Many people were on hand to share in the celebration including Timbers owner, Merrett Paulson and Adidas America President, Patrick Nilsson. Timber Joey also made an appearance and sawed through a log to signify the beginning of play.

James John Field

Groundbreaking Event for James John Field

We finished off the month of November big, with the 1st annual America SCORES Poetry Slam held on November 17th! Program participants spent their fall season learning about and creating their own poetry in addition to their time spent out on the field and this event gave them a chance to show what they’d accomplished! Seven schools showed up at Benson Polytechnic High School to perform and compete in a friendly battle for a variety of different awards. Guest MC Renee Mitchell was joined onstage by several local guest poets including one poet who wrote a special piece about the America SCORES kids as they were performing on stage!

America SCORES Poetry SLAM

America SCORES Poetry SLAM