Community Cup: Volunteers Wanted

Just like last year, Active Children Portland is looking for volunteers for the Community Cup. The Portland Timbers Community Cup is a full sided soccer tournament for local companies to compete against each other to raise money for the Community Fund. The Qualifiers will take place at THPRD August 8-9 and the Finals at Providence Park August 23. This is a great event, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Portland Timbers Community Cup

Date: August 8-9 & 23, 2015

Location: Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation Department & Providence Park

Time: Volunteer shifts available all day

Please sign up on the Google doc here.  Community Cup Volunteers

Sqord Bands: Keeping Kids Active

In order to promote a healthy lifestyle for students taking part in Active Children Portland summer camps, and with help from Movin’ It Kids, we have begun issuing Sqord Booster bands to children in select camps.

The Sqord Booster

The Sqord Booster


Sqord Boosters look like a wristwatch and track the wearer’s activity throughout the day. Sqord Boosters allow the user to challenge themselves, and their friends, to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. Recently, local media came out to camp to check out how the Sqord bands are promoting a healthy lifestyle for children throughout camp and even after in their everyday lives.

Check out some of the videos from these links from KGW, KATU, and KOIN:

Volunteer at Timbers and Thorns Games

Looking for a way to get involved? How about an opportunity to watch Portland Timbers and Thorns games? Well Active Children Portland has just the opportunity you’re looking for!

Active Children Portland is looking for volunteers to help us run our 50/50 raffle at Portland Timbers and Thorns games. Come on down to Providence Park and help sell tickets to fans. In addition to helping a good cause, you get to watch the 2nd half of the game and cheer our Portland teams on to victory!

Please email to sign up to volunteer, or for more information.


FootGolf is Coming!

The First Annual Active Children Portland FootGolf Tournament is just a month away! On August 22nd, Glendoover Golf & Tennis will play host to the tournament. FootGolf is an exciting new sport that combines the rules of golf with the energy of soccer.

Up to 144 registered players will compete in the shotgun style tournament. Beverage carts, 21+ wristbands, and merchandise will be available for players throughout the event. Players will also receive a “Swag Bag” that includes sponsor products.

Sign up today!

Active Children Portland would like to thank our sponsors adidas, Base Camp Brewing, Chipotle and Northrup Corporation. We truly appreciate their partnership. This event wouldn’t be possible without their support.

Help Keep Women In The Game

A few weeks ago, The United States Women’s National Team shocked the world and won the 2015 World Cup. Winning the World Cup is a tremendous accomplishment, and everyone at Active Children Portland was thrilled to watch the US Women raise the championship trophy at the conclusion of the tournament.

At Active Children Portland, we strive to provide girls the opportunity to succeed on the field, in the classroom, and in their everyday lives. We aim for 50% of our students to be female. But, in order for Active Children Portland to be able to provide these opportunities for local students, we need your help.

Please donate to Active Children Portland today so that we can continue to provide after school programming for students in under served communities.

Thank you for your continued support!

We’re Hiring!

Active Children Portland is currently seeking help with two different positions.

We are looking for a Development Director and an Office Manager/Bookkeeper. If you are interested in either of these positions, please click these links

Office Manager/Bookkeeping

Development Director

to read the job descriptions that include instructions for applying.

Spring Frenzy Recap

Active Children Portland held our annual Spring Frenzy at Providence Park on Saturday, May 16th. Over 160 students came out to participate in drills, skill stations, and scrimmages. The kids were thrilled to have the opportunity to play on the same field as the Portland Timbers and Thorns!

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Program Manager Jared Hoffman talks to students before kicking things off.

We utilized the entire soccer field as Active Children Portland staff and coaches led students through warm ups, practice stations, and actual scrimmages. We’d like to thank Sunset Audi for donating the field. Check out this short video showing Spring Frenzy in full swing! Spring Frenzy Video

Students had a great time at Spring Frenzy, and were ecstatic to be visited by Timbers Joey! Additionally, students had the opportunity to showcase their different service-learning projects. It was a great opportunity for students to showcase their creativity and highlight their desire to promote change in their communities.

Timber Joey talks to students.

Timber Joey talks to students.

We’d like to thank Sunset Audi for donating the field to Active Children Portland for the day. Thank you Chipotle and Michael Nanchoff for donating lunch to all of our students.  Thank you Hunt 4 Soccer for donating soccer balls for all of the students in Active Children Portland programs. Thank you to Kind Snacks and Providence Health for donating healthy snacks.  And of course, a huge thanks to to our great partners, The Portland Timbers and the Stand Together Program!  Through them, so many things are made possible for our children.

Finally, we’d like to thank all of the coaches and volunteers who helped make Spring Frenzy successful. Thank you for all of your time and support!

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A panoramic shot of Providence Park during Spring Frenzy.

Meet our “Bonafied” player of the week!! Bona Kalil

Bona Kalil is a 4th grader at Cesar Chavez school. Soccer is Bona’s favorite sport and this is his 4th year in our program. Bona was born and raised in Ethiopia. He moved to the United States when he was five and at the time could not speak English. Playing soccer was a way for him to connect with others and make friends in his community.
The America scores program has provided Bona with the opportunity to not only develop his soccer skills, it has helped him understand the importance of nutrition combined with physical exercise. Bona enjoyed eating junk food and drinking soda but after being a part of the America Scores program he now says that too much soda and junk food isn’t helpful. He wants to balance his intake of junk food with healthier food choices.
In addition to his nutritional education, the America scores program encourages its participants to educate the mind as well as the body. We took Bona to Benson High School for a poetry slam where he was featured and performed poetry in front of hundreds of people. Bona is a young man of many talents, and dreams of one day becoming a professional soccer player and engineer. He loves to fix things and wants to help people in the same way that America Scores has helped him.
Bona’s coaches have taught him to stay humble and have good sportsmanship. He sees the importance of going to practice every day in order to learn the skills necessary to become a better player. In the same way, he feels that it is very important for him to go to school every day in order to get a good education. He is a firm believer in good sportsmanship. He helps players stop fights and will help his teammates and opponents up when they fall down. For Bona, good sportsmanship goes beyond the soccer field, it is an attitude that he carries with him everywhere he goes. He believes that having good sportsmanship will help him get into a good college and further his education.
Bona understands that the skills he is learning with America Scores is about more than just soccer, it’s about life. He sees the big picture, has big dreams, and is thankful for the opportunities that have been given to him. His teammates and coaches rave about his character, the energy he brings with him every day, and his commitment to become better both on and off the soccer pitch. Active Children Portland is honored to recognize Bona Kalil as this week’s “bonafied” player of the week.

#RAISE2015 a Success!

On Friday, April 10th, Active Children Portland hosted their annual #RAISE fundraiser at the adidas Village Conference Center & Lounge. On a night dedicated to celebrating youth creativity and athletics, 120 attendees came together to raise over $40,000. Thanks to these donations, and to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention grant Active Children Portland received through the US Soccer Foundation, we’re proud to announce that we’ll be expanding to 14 locations in the fall of 2015.

#RAISE2015 offered a number of fun activities and games that attendees took part in. The silent auction was a huge hit, with attendees bidding on items ranging from autographed sports memorabilia to tickets to Portland Timbers and Thorns games. Attendees also had their choice of games. Portland Timbers stars Darlington Nagbe and Nat Borchers were on hand to take on attendees in FIFA and in foosball, showing their skills aren’t just limited to the soccer field. KGW host Joe Donlon hosted our program, introducing attendees to Coach Caleb Porter, Darlington Nagbe, Nat Borchers, our two student poets, and Ben Dudley, our former Executive Director.

Make sure to check out some of the great photos from the event on our flickr page! You can see those here:

Thank you to our specials guests, including: KGW Host Joe Donlon, Portland Timbers Coach Caleb Porter, and Portland Timber stars Darlington Nagbe and Nat Borchers. We greatly appreciate their time and support.

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsors: Soccer Shots, Beef Northwest, Pacific Foods, Organic By Nature. Thank you adidas for providing the Conference Center & Lounge for our event. We’d also like to thank all of sponsors who made the evening possible, including: adidas Soccer, adidas Basketball, US Soccer Foundation, Portland Timbers, Active Children Board of Directors, Providence, Amy Roloff Charity Foundation, Northup Corporation, Samuels Yoelin Kantor LLP, Patty Goffe, Bon Appetit, Portland Trail Blazers, Metropolitan Family Services, Hacienda, Boys & Girls Clubs, Neighborhood House, Impact NW, and LifeWorks Northwest.

Make sure to check out some of the photos from #RAISE2015 below.

Thank you again for your continued support, and we look forward to seeing you next year at #RAISE2016!



Attendees enjoyed great food, drink, and conversation.


Our student poets did a fantastic job!


Our student poets with KGW host Joe Donlon.


KGW host Joe Donlon introduces Portland Timbers Coach Caleb Porter and star players Darlington Nagbe and Nat Borchers.


Nat Borchers scores a goal!


Darlington Nagbe takes on a fan in FIFA.





Why is Active Children Portland Programming different?

This basketball season Active Children Portland developed a new curriculum to implement at our sites. All the different schools took part in our boys and girls leagues, and the Markham Elementary girls team made it all the way to the finals!

This year we spent lot of time developing a new kind of way to look at the sport of basketball. Active Children Portland designed the season’s curriculum to be focused on students learning and practicing empathy, self-regulation and conflict resolution skills. While these skills are necessary to be successful on the court, they are even more important in the everyday lives of our athletes. bbb

The Markham’s Basketball team became a family. It is crucial that at this age, girls feels like they have close relationships to other girls so they can confide and empower one another. Coach Kim Cardoza, did a great job at crating a space for the girls on the team to “be” but most importantly left rooms for the girls to “become” in Basketball and relationally. We are very confident that the skills and organic relationship that the girls developed on this team will forever be with them!

The girls sportsmanship was amazing!! The Markham Eagles took 2nd in the Portland Parks and Recreations Goldenball league. The girls vibrant and positive attitude was contagious for everyone who watched their games. At the final game the girls embodied so well what Active Children Portland is all about. “The girls received their trophy and looked over at the winning team who were all in a group jumping up and down in celebration. Then they all ran over and wrapped their arms around the champions and cheered with them. I was so proud” says Coach Kim.2

We’ve been telling you all along Active Children Portland is different! If you want to experience this, come to practice,  a game, volunteer with us or donate. Once you start you will not stop, Guaranteed!!