Washington, D.C.—VOA NEWS
10 August 2006
It began in 1994 as a way to give inner-city schoolchildren something safe and productive to do after school. Julie Kennedy, an elementary school in Washington brought in a soccer ball in and invited her kids to stay after school for soccer lessons. But as the weather turned cold, she moved the action inside -- and taught them creative writing instead. With the help of sponsors and volunteers, this simple idea has grown to become a national organization called "America Scores" with affiliates in 15 cities, including the U.S. capital, offering a range of after school programs for inner-city children.