22nd Annual Poetry Slam

November 19-21, 2019 | 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Middle School Slam – Cardozo Education Campus

Westside Poetry Slam – Theodore Roosevelt High School

Eastside Poetry Slam – H.D. Woodson High School

The DC SCORES Poetry Slam is three evenings of spoken-word performances featuring original works by 3,000 elementary and middle school students from our 70 sites. Since 1998, teams compete for the coveted Golden Mic Trophy and for the title of Slam! Champion.

From the beginning of the school year until now, DC SCORES poet-athletes have been writing original poetry and learning to express their hopes, fears, and pride, while also learning to support each other. The DC SCORES Poetry Slam is the culmination and combination of this self-exploration, self-expression, and teamwork. Each team will have five minutes to perform two original group poems and one original individual poem.


Since 1994, DC SCORES has created neighborhood teams that give kids in need the confidence and skills to succeed on the playing field, in the classroom, and in life. Our school-based, team-based, whole child programming — delivered through free after-school programs and summer camps facilitated by trained youth development professionals — intentionally integrates soccer, poetry, and service-learning to help kids in the District build physical fitness, find their voice, improve their literacy, increase school engagement, and strengthen ties to their community. DC SCORES has been replicated in eleven other cities through the international network, America SCORES. DC SCORES is the official community partner of D.C. United.

2016 Westside Shine Award Winner with D.C. United Head Coach, Ben Olsen.

Special thanks to the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.