America SCORES was founded in Washington, DC. At that time, a public school teacher was concerned that her students were engaging in high-risk behavior during after-school hours. Starting with a handful of girls, she organized a soccer team, which met on school grounds. During the winter months, she introduced poetry lessons to this same team. She noticed that the introduction of team-based activities resulted in the development of self-discipline, teamwork, and confidence, which they applied in the classroom. In 2001, America SCORES Bay Area was founded, joining 14 other affiliate sites across the country. We offer programs to 700 public school students in grades 3-8. In low-income urban communities where more than 35% of children are obese or overweight and only 1 in 5 read at proficiency levels, SCORES intervenes. Our student-athletes stay out of harm's way, improve academic performance and fitness, and give back to their communities.