The Vance Family’s Story
Kathi Bloom is the mother of seven Vance children, ranging in age from a junior at Ohio State University to a not yet year-old baby. For Kathi the America SCORES Cleveland program started out as a fun, free after school program. The program quickly became more to her and her children. “What I like most about the program is the closeness or bond that is created over so many years with coaches, SCORES staff and the kids.” Each of her children watched their siblings grow up through the program, playing in soccer games, performing poetry and completing service projects. For each of the Vance children, the program helped them learn something about themselves and created memories they will keep forever.
As a program, America SCORES Cleveland has watched the Vance family grow up through the years. We have watched them internalize our mission of empowering urban youth to lead healthy lives, be engaged students and have the confidence and character to make a difference in the world. We continue to strive to make an impact not only on individual poet-athletes, but whole families like the Vance family.
Kathi Bloom: Mother of seven Vance Children
Petey Vance: 9th grade at Bard High School of Early College
Kassidy Vance: 12th grade at John Marshall High School
Arianna Vance: 10th grade at John Marshall High School
Trinity Vance: 3rd grade at Artemus Ward School
Articulate. Powerful. Inspirational.
We could describe our Poet-Athletes’ poetry in a number of ways, but it helps to see for yourself. Check out a sampling of their rhymes: