Coach Spotlight 


We love our coaches! Without their amazing ability to lead our poet-athletes, we would not be able to achieve our mission of fair play, self-expression, commitment and teamwork.

Chelsea Vargas
Coach, Hamilton Grange

Why I got involved...

"I knew that I could serve as a role model for young girls who look and come from places where I come from."

My favorite achievement so far...

"When the girls finally were able to work together and solve the 'Human Knot'."


What's coming next...

"I'm looking forward to seeing them present what they’ve learned at Jamboree on June 1."

Kristin Boyle pictured at the 2017 Poetry SLAM with one of her PS 98 students Mirian. 

Photo Luis Fonseca

Kristin Boyle
Coach, PS 98

Coach Kristin Boyle has been a trailblazer for America SCORES New York within her community for almost five years.


She was originally introduced to the program during her first year of teaching at PS 325, her first experience working with a New York City Public School. 

Eager to become more involved in her new school, Boyle started as the girl’s poetry coach in Fall 2014 and continued coaching through the following spring season.

Coach Boyle observed the positive difference and impact that the SCORES program made in the lives of the students at her school and she believes now that SCORES helped contribute to her successful first year teaching in New York City public schools. 

“I was able to experience the excitement and dedication of the team members as they performed their poems in the Poetry Slam and read their poems aloud to the elderly in the nursing home as part of their community service project,” she recalls.


“The teamwork and leadership skills that many students developed after practicing and participating in soccer games are qualities that all children will obtain after participating in the SCORES program.”.

When Boyle relocated to the Inwood school, PS 98, ahead of Fall 2015, she quickly realized the impact that SCORES could have there. Throughout the school year, she remained in touch with the ASNY staff and programming began during the 2016-2017 school year. 

Coach Boyle’s dedication does not go unnoticed by her students, whose enthusiasm reflects their coach’s approachable character. On game days, the “Gem Stars” and “Nitros” of PS 98 proudly wear their purple SCORES jerseys, high-fiving and singing throughout the hallways.


Coach Boyle admires their excitement and awe when they visit other schools on game days and she loves being able to witness them participating in new experiences and travelling to new environments through SCORES.

Playing soccer throughout her life has provided Coach Boyle with the wisdom and sportsmanship that can only be achieved from playing a sport, and she is eager to continue passing those experiences down to her students.