Monday, June 29, 2009

2009 SCORES CUP Recap

Saturday, June 27 was the fourth annual SCORES CUP, the City’s largest charity soccer tournament to benefit SCORES, the only non-profit after-school program that combines soccer with poetry to inspire health and literacy in urban youth. Nine generous corporations from Chicago each pledged $5,000 to vie for the coveted SCORES CUP and champion children’s causes at the same time. The money donated to SCORES will directly benefit the poet-athletes in our program, providing students with writing and soccer coaches, soccer gear, writing supplies, healthy snacks and more. In addition to the $5,000 corporate sponsorship, teams were also invited to do individual fundraising on their own. Click here to see which team raised the most money, or to make a donation.

Each team gathered at the beautiful Lincoln Park South Turf Field at 8:30am, and from there the teams warmed up and began playing promptly at 9:00am. Throughout the day, teams had plenty of chances to play competitive soccer and learn about the SCORES program. In fact, each corporate team was paired up with a SCORES team or school, and saw the community banners that each school made and presented at JAMBOREE, which allowed the corporate teams to understand and connect with the poet-athletes they sponsored.

Although there were many a valiant fight, teams were knocked out until the final round: the reigning champions, Deloitte, against the wild card Ernst & Young.

It was no surprise, however, that Deloitte walked away with the CUP once again; they’ve been our reigning champs since year one. But Ernst & Young enjoyed their chance to unseat their rivals and walked away with a modest consolation prize.

Here are the official standings:

1. Deloitte
2. Ernst & Young
3. Hewitt

And of course, America SCORES Chicago would like to thank all of its very generous corporate sponsors for another great year:

Baker & McKenzie
Ernst & Young
Fish Farm
William Blair & Company

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