‘Poet-athletes’ break world record in St. Louis

Soccer balls — 428 to be exact — dribbled by an equal number of soccer players broke the Guinness world record for the most number of soccer balls dribbled at the same time. More importantly however was the exposure brought to the work of America SCORES St. Louis, a nonprofit organization that teaches kids how to balance and enrich their lives with soccer, poetry and community service. St. Louis University, along with some generous corporate sponsorship and a sea of yellow-shirted volunteers, provided the resources necessary to shuffle kids and their parents around the SLU field. Mayor Slay was on-hand to help count down the 6 minutes of dribbling required to secure the record.

America SCORES St. Louis’ next big production is the SCORES St. Louis Poetry Slam on November 18, 2011; the event will feature students reciting original poems. You may check out their website at Americascoresstlouis.org/.