20 Under 20
Jacqueline, Mott Hall
In the summer of 2015, Jacqueline aka 'Jackie', then aged 8, and her sister Evelyn attended an America SCORES New York soccer camp. The pair were then accepted that August to a soccer clinic offered by US Women's National Soccer team star Heather O'Reilly in Brooklyn. Since meeting and learning from the Olympic and World champion, Jackie has never looked back!
Back then she was brand new to soccer and subsequently joined our PS 153 girls team. These days, she plays on one of our middle school teams at Mott Hall. Jackie is better known to her team as "La Pulga Bionica", as they refer to Messi, and for good reason.
Coach Jimenez, who mentors the Mott Hall girls team, considers it an honor to have her on his team because, in spite of her small stature, she is a giant among her teammates.
Her experience at the Heather O'Reilly clinic encouraged her tremendously and gave her the confidence to lead her team.
Jackie embodies the spirit of America SCORES. She leads by example, she is committed to her growth as a player, her teammates, her family and her school work. She puts team before herself and was selected as captain despite being one of the youngest players as a 6th grader on a 6th-8th grade team. Jackie has learned a lot and continues to do so because her humility and eagerness have made her into a great leader and a great student.
Just recently, Jackie was recognized by New York State Senator Brian A Benjamin for her artwork commemorating Earth Day. More info here!
Thank you for inspiring us Jackie!
Jackie (pictured above middle in orange) representing PS 153 at Jamboree 2018
Jackie (pictured above right) with US Women's National Team star Heather O'Reilly and her sister Evelyn at a soccer clinic in Brooklyn in 2015
Melanie, PS 161
PS 192 Co-ed Team
Makeba, PS 153
Despite being the only girl on the PS 153 boys team, she embraced this role with a strong and quiet confidence. She thrived on this team, and was open about struggles that she was having. After moving on to middle school, she learned that her new school didn't have ASNY programming so she wrote a letter to her principal urging them to add SCORES programming at her school so others can benefit from what our program can do and what a family ASNY is. She still is eager to come help and watch her old team play!
PS 192 Co-Ed Team
There was a lot of interest from girls at PS 192, but the girls' team was at capacity. Coach Calieb asked if it was possible for 3 girls who were eager to play to join the "boys" team. He, as well as other coaches and Delmy, would ensure that the girls were not treated any differently than the boys. At first, the girls were unsure as to what to expect, but the boys welcomed them openly and treated them as sisters, as they treat their male counterparts as brothers. The girls have gained a greater confidence and there are additional girls who would like to join this now co-ed team, but the boys have also become more open and less aggressive!
Melanie, PS 161
Melanie is a student that was in a homeless shelter for this 2018-2019 school year. She highlighted that America SCORES was an outlet for what she was going through. She had a 90% attendance rate for SCORES programming despite living a 1 hour away from the school at the shelter in Queens.
She is dedicated and a great student.