This past weekend, I experienced an event of a lifetime. America Scores blessed me with the opportunity to host their annual National Poetry SLAM. What is the National Poetry SLAM??

–“A red-carpet and star-studded event in New York City, the National Poetry SLAM! occurs each spring at venues such as HBO Studios, Harlem’s World Famous Apollo Theater and the New York Stock Exchange. Thousands of SCORES students take center stage at regional Poetry SLAM’s! for the opportunity to perform on a national stage—only 28 get the chance. With students performing their original poetry, the event showcases the power of America SCORES to improve lives while celebrating the achievements of these outstanding elementary school youth. At the event, America SCORES also honors a well-known person who embodies our mission in his or her life work, serves as a role model for the children and shines a spotlight on the organization. The SLAM! is attended by SCORES families, coaches and teachers from around the country, as well as representatives of top corporate, finance, sports/brands. In 2014, we had our first live webcast of the event, sponsored by News Corp. “(AmericaScores.org)

All weekend I was able to spend time with each and every kid. Kids from all over the nation and even Canada were joined together to create a dynamic poetry SLAM! team. I felt so honored to be surrounded by such an immense amount of young talent at one time that I found myself overwhelmed and truly humbled by their presence.

I was absolutely blown away by the poetry that these children performed. My first time . I remember thinking to myself as I witnessed the poet athletes expressing themselves through poetry how imperative it is for programs like AMERICAscores to exist. The youth have a voice that rarely gets heard. Judging from the various topics of each poem, there are major issues that need to be addressed for our children. Numerous poems addressed bullying, civil rights, and the riots in Ferguson. Thanks to AMERICAscores, those raw thoughts, feelings, and emotions of the youth are shared to millions across the nation and world.

Experience the magic yourself!

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