On 24 and 25 of June, DC SCORES Executive Director, Amy Nakamoto and her team of volunteers, juggled a soccer ball on the corner of M and 18th streets, NW, as part of the Kick, Click, and SCORE fundraiser challenge. The goal is to raise $130,000 over the 30 days of the 2010 World Cup needed to reach the fundraising goal for the year.
Here is my interview with Amy Nakamoto:
Amy, you and your team are trully in the spirit of the 2010 World Cup. What enspired you to go on the streets of DC and kick the ball?
Every year, DC SCORES sets a fundraising goal to meet our (DC SCORES) needs. We’ve met or exceeded this goal nearly every year since 1994. This year, ending August 31, we are $130,000 shy, but determined to succeed. Our poet-athletes and their families are counting on us. To achieve this, the team of volunteers and myself decided to juggle a soccer ball on the streets of Washington , DC to raise money and create awareness for DC SCORES.
How easy (or hard) was it for you and the team to engage Washingtonians either in the game or encourage them to support your mission?
The Washingtonians were very helpful! Many passers-by jumped right in and juggled with me, showed off some tricks, or at the base level, prevented the ball from rolling onto M Street!
How close are you to reaching your fundraising goal?
The goal of $130,000 was not met. We are over $50,000 right now. However, the campaign really lasts until the end of the World Cup on July 11th. Between now and then, we’ll continue to follow up with donors and encourage more participants in our upcoming annual SCORES Cup charity soccer tournament.
Do you forsee another fundraising event in the future?
Every year we create a comprehensive plan that takes into account all fundraising initiatives, including foundation, corporate, and government grant funding, individual donor campaigns, and special fundraising events. In this economy, we need to work even harder to make sure our need is conveyed to our staunch and potential new supporters. We have been able to be remain financially solvent for over 14 years, and we look forward to getting back on solid ground to build back up a reserve account which saved us during these harder times.
DC SCORES, one of the largest school-based youth development programs in the Washington area, is the only program introducing the sport of soccer to youth from.
DC SCORES is an affiliate and flagship of America SCORES, the nation’s largest urban soccer and literacy program. For more information, please visit www.DCSCORES.org
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