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Howard Road Academy DC SCORES coach receives Washington Wizards community award
Howard Road Academy DC SCORES coach receives Washington Wizards community award

For the second consecutive year — or NBA season — a DC SCORES coach stood at center court of a Washington Wizards game to be honored.

During a recent Wizards game at Verizon Center, Howard Road Academy soccer coach Adwoa Blankson-Wood was presented with the Wizards Care Community Assist Award for her dedication to her community.

A year ago, Burrville soccer coach Chiara Lee received the same honor.

After receiving the award, Blankson-Wood expressed her excitement.

“From start to finish, it was a wonderful dream,” she said. “My experience (at the game) was truly awesome and one that I will look back on fondly for the rest of my life.”

Blankson-Wood was selected to be recognized by the Positive Coaching Alliance for the impact she has made the past three years for DC SCORES. In addition to coaching soccer, she is a second-grade teacher at HRA.

Blankson Wood is a graduate of Grambling State University, where she played varsity soccer. Now, she takes pride in teaching the game to DC SCORES students to help them become well-rounded student-athletes just like she was. 

"Receiving this award was a great honor for me," Blankson-Wood said. "I am grateful to DC SCORES for nominating me and to the Positive Coaching Alliance and the Wizards organization for hosting.

"I love the work that I do with DC SCORES and it has inspired me to do more and give more every year."

DC SCORES builds teams through after-school programs for over 800 low-income DC youth at 27 schools by instilling self-expression, physical fitness and self-expression. Visit www.DCSCORES.org to learn more.