Our Words Our City

Established in 2017, Our Words Our City is a unique showcase of DC SCORES talented poet-athletes and alumni and their original, expressive pieces of poetry.

Many of the performers are Shine Award recipients, which is awarded at the annual DC SCORES Poetry Slam to the poet-athletes that demonstrates the most confidence and delivers the best individual performance. Professional spoken-word artists from the region work alongside the kids for weeks to perfect their craft for this special evening.

This exciting, moving, fun and inspiring evening includes a reception before and after the performances.

Host Committee

Ben-James Brown, Vice-President/Regional Banking District Manager – Wells Fargo

Ann Friedman, Founder and CEOPlanet Word Museum

David Grosso, At-Large Councilmember

Dave Johnson, Play-by-Play Announcer and Sports Director – WTOP Radio

Hiram Larew, Poet

Kimberly Schraf, Actor and Coordinator – Parkmont Poetry Festival

Andy Shallal, Founder and CEO – Busboys and Poets

Arlene Selber, Arlene Selber Consulting

Clint Smith, Poet

Anne Harding Woodworth, Poet


DC SCORES creates neighborhood teams that give kids in need the confidence and skills to succeed on the playing field, in the classroom, and in life. This year, DC SCORES is providing year-round soccer, poetry & service-learning programming for 3,000 kids across the District.

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