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!
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!
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.
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!
adidas Village – Portland, OR
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.
St. Johns Neighborhood – Portland, Oregon
Where: Main Auditorium, Benson High School
546 Northeast 12th Avenue | Portland, OR 97232-2785