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DPR Holiday Schedule


From the D.C. Government:

In observance of the holidays, all DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) facilities are closed Saturday, December 24th through Monday, December 26th. DPR will again close for New Years beginning Saturday, December 31th through Monday, January 2nd.

Wilson Aquatic Center, 4551 Fort Drive, NW in Ward 1 and the William Rumsey Aquatic Center, 635 North Carolina Avenue, SE in Ward 6 will be open on Monday, December 26 and Monday, January 2, 2012 from 9:00am – 5:00pm.

Annual Poetry Slam Showcases DC SCORES Student-Athletes

Last night, November 30, DC SCORES held the first part of their annual Poetry Slam at the Columbia Heights Education Campus.

Student athletes from 14 DC SCORES elementary and middle schools took to the stage and put on quite a show.  

Each elementary school performed two original group poems and one original individual poem, while teams from the participating middle schools performed one, two, or three songs that grew out of their original poetry.  

In the elementary school group, Bancroft took 3rd place, H.D. Cooke took 2nd place, and Perry Street Prep claimed the top prize.  Shaw won first place for the middle schools, and Lincoln was awarded second.  

Read a full recap on the night that was on DCSCORE blog.

Take a look at the video above to see one specific performance from the Brightwood Education Campus.

Columbia Heights Cup Soccer Fundraiser Coming To Neighborhood December 10

Columbia Heights Cup Soccer Fundraiser Coming To Neighborhood December 10

This December, the Columbia Heights neighborhood will be the place for DC's largest winter soccer tournament. 

On Saturday, Dec. 10, the Columbia Heights Cup benefiting DC SCORES -- which runs after-school soccer, poetry and service-learning programs for over 800 low-income youth in the District -- will take over the soccer-popular neighborhood. 

The all-day, co-ed, 7v7 recreational tournament organized by District Sports will be played at four sites all within a mile or two of each other:

DPR Closes Grass Fields Due to Recent Rain


This notice comes to us from John Stokes:

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) has announced that due to recent rain, DPR grass fields will be closed Wednesday, November 16, 2011 for the safety of DPR customers. Poor field conditions can pose a hazard to participants and damage the playing surface, thereby making the field unusable over time. 

All artificial turf fields will remain open and playable at the discretion of the game officials. 

For more information call the DPR Weather Hotline, (202) 671-0331, follow us on Twitter, @DCDPR, or visit the DPR athletic fields information page.

Mayor Gray Turns Spotlight On DCPS Student Athletes

Mayor Gray Turns Spotlight On DCPS Student Athletes


From Doxie McCoy:

In his ongoing effort to elevate high school sports in the District of Columbia, Mayor Gray today will announce updates to this year’s annual Thanksgiving Day tradition. The 42nd Annual Safeway Turkey Bowl will pit the Dunbar Senior High School Crimson Tide against the Coolidge Senior High School Colts for the Turkey Bowl Championship.  The game will be played on Thursday, November 24, 11:00 am at Eastern High School, 1700 East Capitol Street, NE.

Over 1,000 community members attend DC SCORES Fall Frenzy

Over 1,000 community members attend DC SCORES Fall Frenzy


The athletic fields of Kelly Miller Middle School were flooded with people of all ages Saturday, Oct. 22, as DC SCORES hosted the 14th annual Fall Frenzy.

Over 1,000 students, parents, community members and volunteers attended the event, which celebrates the fall season of DC SCORES, the largest after-school program in the District.

The program’s 800-plus “poet-athletes” representing 27 elementary and middle schools in the District engaged in intra-city soccer games and enjoyed a variety of activity booths, including: facepainting, relay races, Haiku writing and a Starbucks arts & crafts table (minus the hot chocolate).

Past program participants came out in large numbers to referee the games, serve lunch and help out in any way possible, and hundreds of parents were on hand to cheer on their children.