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The annual S.C.O.R.E. for Excellence Day presented by The Gordon Flesch Company took place today at Milwaukee College Prep School’s 38th Street Campus. The excitement level of these first through sixth graders was through the roof. They were probably the most fired up I have seen a S.C.O.R.E group in my seven or eight years of participating in the program! Brewers television play-by-play announcer Brian Anderson hosted the program. He was joined by Carlos Gomez, Scooter Gennett and, Brewers alum, Larry Hisle.
The S.C.O.R.E. program is one of the Brewers “Beyond the Diamond” program initiatives. S.C.O.R.E. is an acronym for School, Community, Opportunities, Role Models and Excellence with an emphasis on education, interaction and life skills. During the program, players engage students in a dialogue about the importance of these five S.C.O.R.E. elements. The program helps open communication between the students and their role models. T-shirts and game tickets were provided to each student in the school today. “Beyond the Diamond” is a series of community outreach events that take place throughout the Brewers season in partnership with Brewers Community Foundation and Brewers Community Relations.
Anderson called a few students up to hear their thoughts on what School, Community, Opportunities, Role Models and Excellence meant to them and Gennett, Gomez and Hisle each shared their thoughts as well.
Gennett talked about how helping in your community can be as simple as picking up trash in your neighborhood or checking on a neighbor. He also talked about the importance of having pride in your community.
Gomez talked about taking advantage of opportunities to improve your life. Specifically, he talked about how he took advantage of his abilities on the baseball field and continually worked hard to become a Major League Baseball player. Always working hard was the theme of what he had to show and it is clear that Gomez practices what he preaches.
Anderson introduced Hisle to the group as one of his role models. Hisle talked about how role models in the kids lives–teachers, parents or older siblings–can be of help when growing up.
The kids were very well-behaved, but very excited to have the Brewers at their school today. I didn’t think they could scream any louder, but then Anderson introduced The Famous Racing Sausages and, well, the kids turned it up and absolutely went bananas.
Milwaukee College Prep is a charter school in Milwaukee with three campuses and over 1400 kids. Principal Maggy Olson did a great job of welcoming the Brewers into her school today. We wish her and the rest of the fabulous teachers the best of luck the rest of this afternoon as the kids will be pumped up the rest of the afternoon! I will be fired up the rest of my day as the dance party before the event was pretty energizing!
A special thanks goes out to Kurt Konicke, branch manager for The Gordon Flesch Company, who attended the event and addressed the children. The Brewers Community Relations Department, Katina Shaw and Erica Bowring along with Andrew Lukinich and Mary DeLatt of the Brewers Corporate Marketing Department, were also there and put a lot of work into making sure the children of Milwaukee College Prep had a day they will never forget. Looking at the faces of these kids today, the hard work of every one involved did pay off.
“Beyond the Diamond” Initiative Continues Today with S.C.O.R.E. for Excellence Day presented by The Gordon Flesch Company
The Brewers Beyond the Diamond program continued today with “S.C.O.R.E. for Excellence Day presented by The Gordon Flesch Company.” Beyond the Diamond is a series of community outreach events that will take place throughout the season from May through August. The program is built around a partnership with Brewers Community Foundation, which features Brewers players, coaches, wives, alumni and team staff working hands-on in the community.
Yovani Gallardo, Carlos Gomez, Alfredo Figaro and Wily Peralta visited the over 600 energetic children at Vieau School to emphasize the importance of education. S.C.O.R.E. is an acronym for School, Community, Opportunities, Role Models and Excellence with an emphasis toward education, interaction and life skills. During the program, players engaged students in a dialogue about the importance of these five S.C.O.R.E. elements. The program helps open communication between the students and their role models. T-shirts and game tickets will be provided, along with a $2,500 donation from Brewers Community Foundation toward academic programs.
Vieau is a bilingual school and the program for the kids was done mostly in Spanish. The event was emceed by the Spanish play-by-play announcer for the Brewers, Andy Olivares of ESPN Deportes Milwaukee. Figaro spoke of the importance of school while growing up in the Dominican Republic, Peralta talked about community, Gomez spoke about taking advantage of opportunities given to the youngsters and Gallardo talked about the role models in his life–his parents and teachers–and compared them to the role models in the lives of students.
Also participating in today’s event was Kurt Konicke of the Gordon Flesch Company, Vieau principal Eduardo Galvan and Dr. Gregory Thornton, Superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools. Special thanks go to Katina Shaw and Cecelia Gore for helping play today’s event and to Scott Paulus for the great photos.
The first event in the “Beyond the Diamond” initiative for the Brewers was a Habitat for Humanity build earlier this month.