Press Release Summary = America SCORES, the only national after-school program that uses soccer to inspire literacy, health, and civic responsibility among youth in low income, urban communities, recently elected JoAnn Neale of Major League Soccer and Fred Popp of SME, Inc. to their Board of Directors.
Press Release Body = NEW YORK, NY, July 24: America SCORES, the only national after-school program that uses soccer to inspire literacy, health, and civic responsibility among youth in low income, urban communities, recently elected JoAnn Neale of Major League Soccer and Fred Popp of SME, Inc. to their Board of Directors.
JoAnn Neale is an Executive Vice President of Major League Soccer. Ms. Neale was instrumental in the creation of MLS W.O.R.K.S., the League's community outreach initiative dedicated to addressing important social issues affecting young people, for which she is now primarily responsible. Ms. Neale is also responsible for all aspects of the League's Human Resources and Administration Departments. America SCORES was the recipient of the initiative's inaugural grant in December 2006. Together, MLS and America SCORES bring the world's greatest game to more communities using soccer as a tool to inspire, engage, and empower youth.
Fred Popp is Chief Executive Officer and Partner of SME, Inc., a strategic branding and design consultancy in New York City. His passion, forward-thinking and steadfast approach helped SME re-launch into the marketplace in 2002, establishing it as a leader in brand services across the United States, Europe, and Asia. Prior to joining SME, Mr. Popp led hundreds of brand building programs for such clients as Sara Lee, General Mills, Borden's, Motts, Dannon, and Pillsbury. For the past several months Mr. Popp and SME have been donating their time and services to work with America SCORES on a major re-branding initiative as part of an ongoing national strategic plan.
Also elected to the national board were two new Affiliate Representatives. Serving as the West Representative is Kelly James, a Policy Officer of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation who serves on the Seattle SCORES Board. David Walters, Vice President of Sales and Administration at CR Metal, is representing the Middle South as a member of the St. Louis SCORES Board.
"Over the past thirteen years, America SCORES has positively impacted tens of thousands of urban children and teachers around the country," said Agatha Aurbach, Chairman of the America SCORES National Board. "We are thrilled to have these industry leaders bringing their expertise to the board during this crucial time of strategic planning when we are looking to continue strengthening our position in order to serve more children and schools nationwide."
About America SCORES: America SCORES is a national model for youth development, targeting girls and boys in urban neighborhoods that offer few, if any, recreational programs. America SCORES empowers students in urban communities using soccer, writing, creative expression, and service-learning. With teamwork as the unifying value, America SCORES inspires youth to lead healthy lifestyles, be engaged students, and become agents of change in their communities. For more information visit www.AmericaSCORES.org.
Web Site = http://www.AmericaSCORES.org
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