The Bronx's very own Zahkiya Brown has a Bachelor's degree in Fashion Merchandising as well as a minor in Psychology. "I developed a love for working with children and community when I turned 14 years old and started my first job for the C.Y.E.P. (community youth employment program). In 2016 I partnered with the Bronx Museum of Arts and put together "The Urban Youth Project" in conjunction with other middle schools and after school programs.
"When I discovered ASNY in 2015, I instantly fell in love with the program and all that it stood for as an organization and I wanted to be a part of it. The combination of poetry and soccer builds the seriousness of sports and academics. It fosters positive academic accountability."
A favorite line from a favorite poem: "Ever thine. Ever mine. Ever ours. (Love Letter - "Immortal Love")"
A favorite soccer memory: "Joining A.Philip Randolph Campus High School Soccer team as a defender because I thought my 9th grade English teacher hated me. Turned out to love soccer even more, straight A's in that English class, excellent soccer seasons, recruited to play at the University of Bridgeport and now working for ASNY. Sky's the Limit!"
High School Program Director
Delmy Del Cid was born in Guatemala and migrated to the United States at the age of five with her family. After high school, she moved to Syracuse to play NJCAA D1 soccer for two years and received her Associated Degree in Accounting. She then completed a Bachelors degree in Business Administration at The Metropolitan College of New York.
Before coming to ASNY, Delmy was part of the Up2Us Sports AmeriCorps program for two terms and coached girls soccer at South Bronx United.
"The thing that inspires me about America SCORES is that it's a nationwide program that helps the youth channel their inner creativity with poetry and also have that fun side where they enjoy playing soccer. It's inspiring to have the youth be involve with their creative side.
A favorite line from a favorite poem: "fall down seven times and get up eight."
A favorite soccer memory: "During my senior year in high school, I twisted my ankle and missed six months of soccer. I had tryouts at Syracuse one month after my injury and everyone told me that I couldn't play on a twisted ankle and that I wouldn't make it. I didn't listen and I went to tryouts and gave it my all. At the end of the tryouts, the coach came up to me and told me she was offering me a full ride to play for the school. I was crying with tears of joy and I knew that nothing was going to stop me from accomplishing my goals"
Harlem Program Manager and
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Chris was born and raised in New York City, living in West Harlem & Hamilton Heights throughout his childhood. He currently resides in The Bronx. "Some of my best childhood memories are of growing up in the America SCORES New York program in my neighborhood. I benefited hugely from the program - it allowed me to develop into a scholar and become a leader among my peers."
A favorite line from a favorite poem: "Even Spanish failed us back then when we saw how frail a word is when faced with the thing it names.” - Bilingual Sestina by Julia Álvarez
A favorite soccer memory: "Seeing my mom sitting on the bench watching me play the game I love."
Bronx Program Manager
Business Operations Associate
Sciancia Metelus, born in Haiti and moved to Brooklyn at a young age. She completed her bachelor’s in Business Administration at Medgar Evers College. During her undergrad, she played soccer and ran track. Playing collegiate sport made her realize the impact being part on a team have on students. Since sport had such a positive impact in her personally and professional life, it motivated her to go for her masters in Sport Management at Brooklyn College. While completing her master’s degree, she worked as an Assistant Women Soccer Coach and Equipment Manager. Her primary focus is to teach students to be physically active and engage in positive social-emotional learning. I believe physical activities in school is very important because it help students improve their social, leadership, and teamwork skills while staying healthy. All those skills will help students in their personal and professional world.
Washington Heights, New York has formed Tachie Morel to be the solid and novel individual she is today. Since the age of fifteen the Heights has opened such a great amount of entryways for her as she has volunteered with numerous minorities at different Police Athletic Leagues, one of New York's greatest Track Armory, The Children's Village, WHEDco Teen Program, and a Youth Program called Jovenes Que Progresen (Youth That Progress). With regards to sports she worked incredibly hard to progress toward becoming captain for both the Basketball and Softball teams in her high school Mother Cabrini. Washington Heights has likewise permitted Tachie to be her true self as an activist and incredible mentor for adolescents in the LGBTQ community.
As an alumni from Mercy College in the Bachelors program of Health Science Tachie remains exceptionally open in developing and learning more about the importance of sports , health, and the well-being of children all throughout New York. She has joined ASNY in order to follow through with the mission to impact each child with social, emotional, academic, and physical fitness strength. She is excited about creating change and giving the chance to empower young leaders. America SCORES is a perfect fit because it allows me to put into use all of the skills I have gained over the years to this great program, and work with a great family oriented group of co-workers.
My favorite line from a favorite poem: “The power of youth is the common wealth for our entire world. No segment in society can match with the power, idealism, enthusiasm and courage of the young people. “ (Kailash Satyarthi)
A favorite soccer memory: 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup WIN vs. Netherlands. The meaning of this game was a lot more than just a win, but showing a time (For Girls) to be ALIVE.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Katie has lived in NYC since 2010. After graduating from Fordham University, where she played club soccer,Katie served as the Americorps VISTA for America SCORES New York from 2014-2015.
Following a few years of working as a coach at clubs and high schools such as South Bronx United, Notre Dame Academy and FC Copa Academy, Katie returned to America SCORES New York as the Brooklyn Program Coordinator in 2018.
"I fell in love with the program back when I was the Americorps VISTA, and have stayed involved with America SCORES New York ever since. I am so happy to come back home to an organization that holds such a special place in not only my heart, but in the hearts of every poet-athlete, coach and staff member involved. That's my favorite part about the program- the fact that it creates such a strong community amongst the SCORES Family, a place where our poet-athletes feel comfortable to express themselves and continue to grow into their best versions of themselves."
Favorite soccer memory: My senior year of high school, we had a weird team tradition of singing "Don't Stop Believing" with all of my teammates on the way back from every away game. Even though we made it to the State Quarterfinals that year, it's those sorts of off-the-field moments shared with my best friends that I remember the most.
Brooklyn Program Manager
Veronica is a graduate of Loyola University Maryland where she majored in Global Studies. Her interest in America SCORES was influenced by her time interning with the International Rescue Committee where she worked with refugee youth.
"I saw how children with varied experiences, cultures, and languages were able to come together through soccer. As an Americorps VISTA for America SCORES, I was able to contribute to the ASNY mission, improving youth lives through soccer and poetry. I'm proud to continue working alongside incredible individuals who are committed to upholding the ASNY mission!”
A favorite line from a favorite poem: "How they knew what we must know / Without knowing a page of it themselves." (Women by Alice Walker)
A favorite soccer memory: "I'm definitely working on my soccer expertise, but but my favorite soccer memory has to be the first game day of the school year. Nothing matches that energy!"
Marketing and Communications
As the Program Director at America SCORES New York, Zach leads all program efforts. Born and raised in Albany, NY, he is a graduate of The College of Saint Rose where he studied Political Science and has earned an MA in Youth Studies from the City University of New York School of Professional Studies. Zach began his America SCORES career at DC SCORES before joining the team in New York City,
"My belief in the power of service coupled with my love for poetry and soccer makes America SCORES New York a dream fit. I have worked with youth for the past ten years throughout the US and abroad, serving as a youth development volunteer in Ukraine with the U.S. Peace Corps.
"In New York, it has been amazing to watch our program become an important part of everyday life at our schools. It is a privilege to learn and work alongside the many amazing children, teachers, families and community members that make the tight-knit ASNY organization work so well."
A favorite line from a favorite poem: "No written word nor spoken plea can teach our youth what they should be. Nor all the books on all the shelves, it's what the teachers are themselves." (Anonymous)
A favorite soccer memory: "Completing a sliding header through the mud drenched field for the winning goal in the 8th grade school championship game. I was playing left back and I decided to follow the play all the way up the field... the cross came in and I slid across the box on my knees connecting with the ball and burying it into the net; the only goal I ever scored!"
John Riordan is a former journalist and public relations professional with a deep affinity for the world of soccer.
Growing up in Ireland, he played club soccer at youth, junior and intermediate (amateur) levels while also covering the game at domestic and international levels for the Irish Examiner.
After moving to New York to continue his journalism career in 2010, John became involved in the Cosmopolitan Soccer League through his work at the NY Shamrocks Soccer Club. Soccer, poetry and youth development are driving forces and John is looking forward to contributing positively to the lives of poet-athletes.
A favorite line from a favorite poem: "Unreal City/ Under the brown fog of a winter dawn / A crowd flowed over London Bridge, so many / I had not thought death had undone so many." (The Waste Land by TS Eliot)
A favorite soccer memory: "Cork City needed to win at Shelbourne at the end of the 2011 league campaign in order to claim the championship. The winning goal in the 94th minute drove us all wild!"
Tony Junior Villegas, born in Chicago and raised in The Bronx is a sports enthusiast and soccer connoisseur. Currently studying Business Administration in Lehman College. His interest in America SCORES came after participating as an athlete in the South Bronx’s South Bronx United (SBU) program at the age of 14. He realized how impactful sports based youth program can be towards the successes of any child.
“Having participated in South Bronx United helped me realize how important sports based youth development can be for a child. Having experienced it first hand opened my eyes to a wide range of opportunities where I could not only enjoy the sport but learn the life skills I can apply towards my career.”
Shannon Schneeman joined America SCORES New York (“ASNY”) in 2015 as Executive Director and in that time, has grown the organization by over 400% and created a 2030 strategic vision for future sustainability and growth in partnership with the boards, staff and program constituents. Her background in soccer, finance and working with youth brought her to ASNY after a period at Barclays Capital, where she executed global capital markets transactions for the investment bank. While there, she volunteered as a youth soccer coach at South Bronx United, a partner program of ASNY.
Prior to Barclays, Ms. Schneeman played professional soccer in Finland following her collegiate career at Northwestern University in Chicago where she captained the women’s soccer team and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Math and Economics. While at Northwestern, she was named NSCAA/adidas Scholar Women All-America and Academic All-Big Ten.
Recognized as an emerging leader in the space, she was awarded the Nancy Rupp Scholarship to attend Columbia Business School's Developing Leaders for Nonprofit Professionals program in 2017.
Ms. Schneeman also serves as Chair of the America SCORES National Leadership Council; as a member of the Laureus Sport for Good NYC Leadership Council; and as a member of the Board of Directors for St John's University Sports Management Program. She has her USSF National "E" Soccer Coaching License.
Shannon grew up in Minnesota and is proud to call New York home. What she loves most about ASNY is how it creates community - from the kids to the staff to the soccer fields. The entire organization is a team, and that's always what she loved most about soccer and after-school activities.
A favorite line from a favorite poem: A lot from Shel Silverstein!
A favorite soccer memory: "Team huddles before and after games were some of my favorite moments! I used to write quotes on my arm before every high school game for motivation."
Originally from California, Chloe graduated with a degree in Psychology and Hispanic Studies from Vassar College where she also played on the women’s soccer team. Prior to working at America SCORES New York, she served her first AmeriCorps term at a charter school in NYC, which sparked her interest in the amazing potential of the after-school and extracurricular environment.
"My second year of service through AmeriCorps at ASNY solidified my interest and motivated me to continue working here, particularly because of the unique way this program engages students as poet-athletes to tap into different forms of self-expression on the soccer field and in the classroom. The positive, lifelong effects that coaching can have on youth are the reasons why I am excited to play a key role in developing the soccer side of the program."
A favorite line from a favorite poem: "Again I saw, again I heard, / The rolling river, the the morning bird; / Beauty through my senses stole; / I yielded myself to the perfect whole." (Each and All by Ralph Waldo Emerson)
A favorite soccer memory: "Scoring the game winning goal in the 107th minute of overtime to win it in a college game against St. Lawrence University."
Director of Soccer Programs
Nico Zavala, born in Honduras and moved to New York City, Brooklyn at a young age. She is a student at St. Joseph College and she played soccer throughout her entire life. Her interest in America SCORES came after participating in America SCORES camp when she graduated High School. She realized how sports can have an impact because it brings family and friends together as a community and it also brings that positivity that everyone needs to start/end their day.
“Working in America SCORES brings me so much joy and motivation because I never thought that I was going to work with amazing people and coaching kids, but it really helps to expand and explore.”
A favorite quote: “Don’t limit your challenges. Challenge your limits.”