Playing with Purpose: America SCORES Cup raises more than $300,000 for local youth

Updated 7/26/17 at 2:30pm

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution helped America SCORES Boston raise more than $320,000, a new record for the tournament, at the 13th annual SCORES Cup held at Gillette Stadium on July 15. Held by America SCORES Boston in partnership with the Revolution, the event has grown to become the largest corporate charity soccer tournament in the United States.

More than 600 players from Boston area business leaders and over 50 sponsors joined together at Gillette Stadium for the co-ed soccer tournament. In addition to serving as the premiere city-wide fundraising soccer tournament, SCORES Cup shares the Revolution's goal of cultivating passion for the sport of soccer throughout the region. All proceeds benefit under-resourced youth in the greater Boston area through SCORES Boston's innovative after-school programming that blends soccer, poetry, and social entrepreneurship programs.

“As the Revolution continue to expand our partnership with America SCORES Boston, great events like SCORES Cup remind us what the power of soccer can accomplish," said New England Revolution President and America SCORES Board Member Brian Bilello. “Our club takes great pride in helping put on this incredible tournament each year, because it combines our passion for the game with our commitment to helping improve and serve our community."

The event is one major aspect of the extensive collaboration between the Revolution and America SCORES Boston, which includes the "Revs Scores, America SCORES" initiative that donates $100, or one week of programming for one student, for every Revs goal scored at home. Through the first 10 home games of 2017, the Revolution have raised $2,500, or the equivalent of 25 weeks of student programming.

“Our long-standing partnership with the Revs allows us to secure the support we need to serve students from every neighborhood in Boston," said America SCORES Boston Executive Director John Maconga. "Not only do we collaborate on fundraising efforts like the SCORES Cup, but the front office personnel, including Coach Jay Heaps and President Brian Bilello, volunteer their time to serve on our Board of Directors and players volunteer their time to participate in clinics with the youth in our programs. Together, we are making the sport of soccer accessible to hundreds of at-risk youth who would otherwise never have the opportunity to play.”

This year, the team representing investment banking firm CLSA claimed the Premier Division title, while the squad from PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) won the First Division. Financial services company Cowen & Company claimed the Wooden Spoon division championship.

About America SCORES Boston:

America SCORES Boston offers under-resourced youth in Boston Public Schools an innovative blend of soccer, poetry, and social entrepreneurship programs that fosters the development of the whole child – as an athlete; a student; and a caring, confident, and engaged member of the community. Their programs empower youth to create positive change in their lives, in their communities, and around the world. SCORES serves over 1,400 youth each year and is one of the largest and fastest growing school-based after-school programs in Boston. Founded in 1999, America SCORES Boston is an independent, federally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit and an affiliate of America SCORES, founded in 1994. For more information, please visit www.americascoresboston.org.

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