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Monday, December 12, 2011

Year End Giving!

Coffee with Kenny Cooper!

To show their support for AC Portland, Caffe Umbria developed and is now selling the AC Portland "Kick-Start" blend with $1 of all sales benefiting AC Portland programming. This morning, December 12, 2011, AC Portland was joined at Caffe Umbria by Portland Timbers Striker Kenny Cooper, supporters, and fans. all coming together to celebrate a great first AC Portland season! Kenny mingled with fans and autographed dozens of posters and player cards as supporters and passersby sampled the Kick-Start blend (as well as some delicious sandwiches!) and learned more about AC Portland's mission. Thanks to Caffe Umbria for hosting this event, it was a great way to celebrate the fall season and build even more momentum for the spring!

You can purchase a bag of Kick-Start here:

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

AC Portland Fall Events Recap

AC Portland has been busy this fall season! We began both America SCORES and Soccer for Success programming at seven local elementary schools and just Soccer for Success programming at another two. The America SCORES season was kicked off with a Fall Frenzy event that brought kids together from all over the city to participate in a two day friendly tournament. Highlights included a guest appearance by Portland Timbers player Kenny Cooper who can be seen below taking shots on kids in goal!

November was a great month for AC Portland! On November 15th the dedication ceremony for the new micro field at James John Elementary was held. formally  AC Portland collaborated with numerous organizations including Depave, Timbers Army, 107ist, Luis Palau, Season of Service, Southlake Church, Convergence Architecture and others to make this project happen and we are excited to see the field's completion! Many people were on hand to share in the celebration including Timbers owner, Merrett Paulson and Adidas America President, Patrick Nilsson. Timber Joey also made an appearance and sawed through a log to signify the beginning of play.

We finished off the month of November big, with the 1st annual America SCORES Poetry Slam held on November 17th! Program participants spent their fall season learning about and creating their own poetry in addition to their time spent out on the field and this event gave them a chance to show what they'd accomplished! Seven schools showed up at Benson Polytechnic High School to perform and compete in a friendly battle for a variety of different awards. Guest MC Renee Mitchell was joined onstage by several local guest poets including one poet who wrote a special piece about the America SCORES kids as they were performing on stage! 

* Check out the link to our Picassa site for more event photos!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Upcoming Events!

AC Portland – Fall Frenzy
adidas Village - Portland, OR
Where:  adidas Village Field
5055 N. Greeley | Portland, Oregon 97217
When:  October 26-27, 2011 - 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
What:  Elementary level students from seven area AC Portland program sites gather together to explore their skills in public speaking, learn about [and practice] eating healthy, and practice team-work and sportsmanship in small-side soccer scrimmages.

AC Portland - Inspired Fields Dedication
St. Johns Neighborhood – Portland, Oregon
Where:  James John Elementary School
7439 N Charleston Ave. | Portland, OR 97203
When:  November 15, 2011 - 3:45 – 4:30 p.m. 
What:  The newly renovated play area at James John School is truly a collaboration of the Portland community.  In addition to generous financial support from the Portland Timbers, adidas America, the Luis Palau Association and SouthLake Church – hundreds of volunteers from the local neighborhood and from across the country pitched in to give students another great reason to come to school each day.

AC Portland – America SCORES Poetry SLAM!
Simon Benson High School Auditorium – Portland, Oregon
Where:  Main Auditorium, Benson High School
546 Northeast 12th Avenue | Portland, OR 97232-2785
When:  November 17, 2011 – 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
What:  Students from around the city add their voices in a chorus of verse for the enjoyment of family, friends, fans and the faithful.  This event serves as the official regional qualifier for the national America SCORES poetry slam held in NYC. But, the emphasis here is on FUN! Special guest appearances by some of Portland’s most entertaining stage performers.
Note – Community pre-event dinners at each Advantage Center and fan bus transportation for pre-registered students, families and friends.