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America SCORES teaches kids soccer and poetry

5:30 PM, Apr 27, 2012   |    comments
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By Heidi Glaus

St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - It's not exactly peanut butter and jelly or bacon and eggs, but the combination of soccer and poetry is actually giving students some food for thought.

"Well, they both help you put feeling into something or express yourself," explains 11 year old Carjanae Conner.

You see, America SCORES is a youth development program that allows kids to try their hand or foot at soccer.

"I know St. Louis is a soccer town, but in these urban core neighborhoods soccer is just as foreign as lacrosse or hockey. I mean they really don't get a chance to play it," says Serena Muhammad, the executive director.

They kids also take a shot at poetry.

"I am an american graduate, I can already see. I'm going to make the world a better place for you and for me," Conner says reciting her poem from memory.

"Poetry is a pathway to literacy for us," Muhammad adds.

"If I open that door to a brand new floor it won't be easy and it won't be hard," Jerell Mckinney says performing his poem.

Of course along the way students learn more than how to dribble.

"I like the teamwork, I like the sportsmanship and I like the leadership," adds Demontre Bledsoe, another student.

So soccer and poetry might not roll off the tongue like peanut butter and jelly, but the combination has the potential to be even more delicious.

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