Cafe Umbria AC Portland Coffee

Coffee with Kenny Cooper!

To show their support for Active Children Portland, Caffe Umbria developed and is now selling the Active Children Portland “Kick-Start” blend with $1 of all sales benefiting Active Children Portland programming. This morning, December 12, 2011, Active Children Portland was joined at Caffe Umbria by Portland Timbers Striker Kenny Cooper, supporters, and fans. all coming together to celebrate a great first Active Children Portland season! Kenny mingled with fans and autographed dozens of posters and player cards as supporters and passersby sampled the Kick-Start blend (as well as some delicious sandwiches!) and learned more about Active Children Portland’s mission. Thanks to Caffe Umbria for hosting this event, it was a great way to celebrate the fall season and build even more momentum for the spring!

Cafe Umbria Active Children Portland Coffee

Caffe Umbria Active Children Portland Coffee

AC Portland Year End 2011

Year End Giving!

Active Children Portland Year End 2011

Active Children Portland Year End Giving 2011

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

Adam Smith with AC Portland Kids

Upcoming Active Children Portland Events!

Active Children Portland – Fall Frenzy
adidas Village – Portland, OR
Where: adidas Village Field

5055 N. Greeley | Portland, Oregon 97217
When: October 26-27, 2011 – 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
What: Elementary level students from seven area Active Children Portland program sites gather together to explore their skills in public speaking, learn about [and practice] eating healthy, and practice team-work and sportsmanship in small-side soccer scrimmages.

Adam Smith with Active Children Portland Kids

Adam Smith with Active Children Portland Kids

Active Children Portland – Inspired Fields Dedication
St. Johns Neighborhood – Portland, Oregon
Where: James John Elementary School
7439 N Charleston Ave. | Portland, OR 97203
When: November 15, 2011 – 3:45 – 4:30 p.m.
What: The newly renovated play area at James John School is truly a collaboration of the Portland community. In addition to generous financial support from the Portland Timbers, adidas America, the Luis Palau Association and SouthLake Church – hundreds of volunteers from the local neighborhood and from across the country pitched in to give students another great reason to come to school each day.
James John Field

James John Field

Active Children Portland – America SCORES Poetry SLAM!
Simon Benson High School Auditorium – Portland, Oregon

Where: Main Auditorium, Benson High School
546 Northeast 12th Avenue | Portland, OR 97232-2785

When: November 17, 2011 – 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
What: Students from around the city add their voices in a chorus of verse for the enjoyment of family, friends, fans and the faithful. This event serves as the official regional qualifier for the national America SCORES poetry slam held in NYC. But, the emphasis here is on FUN! Special guest appearances by some of Portland’s most entertaining stage performers.
Note – Community pre-event dinners at each Advantage Center and fan bus transportation for pre-registered students, families and friends.
Poetry Slam Audience

Poetry Slam Audience