As you may have seen, the NBA Math Hoops season is now in full swing! Learn Fresh staff wrapped up the 2019-20 NBA Math Hoops training season in October, hosting over 65 educator training sessions across the country, from Camden, NJ to San Francisco, CA. This year the Learn Fresh team hosted a record number of educators, growing our NBA Math Hoops community across the US.
Since the launch of our community-based work in 2013, Learn Fresh has reached over 150,000 students. Our goal for the2019-20 school year is to reach 150,000 students in a single year, surpassing a quarter million students reached all-time. This is a big goal, but we know we can do it with support from people like you in communities across the country.
From the Learn Fresh team, we want to thank you for your continued support of our work! Be sure to check out a few photos below from October training sessions,
As you may have seen, this past school year, Learn Fresh passed 150,000 students served since the launch of our first community program in 2013. In celebration of this incredible milestone, we recently released “An NBA Math Hoops Story," a documentary that follows students and educators as they prepare for the 2017 NBA Math Hoops National Championship weekend. At the heart of the film is the story of Angela and Patricia Rodas, twin sisters from San Rafael, CA, and winners of the inaugural championship. Check out the film here.
Over the past few months, we implemented the first NBA Math Hoops summer programs in Detroit in partnership with Detroit Parks & Recreation Department, Code 313, and Developing K.I.D.S. We are excited to continue working with all three of these partners to expand our impact in Detroit and Flint through the upcoming season. In addition to this work, the Learn Fresh staff have been busy laying the groundwork for the 2019-20 season, forging new partnerships, refining program materials, and developing new products!
Last month we celebrated another successful NBA Math Hoops National Championship event! The 2019 National Championship was the smoothest one yet, and the second in three years that we have co-hosted along with the Golden State Warriors in the Bay Area. Global Giving donations this year helped us to cover the costs of hotel stays in Downtown Oakland for attending students, their parents, and educators, and we are deeply grateful for all of you who helped to provide such an impactful weekend. Once again it was truly a life-changing event for an amazing group of students, and it wouldn't have been possible without such a strong community of support!
Check out highlights from the National Championship weekend below.
- The weekend kicked off with a community service event, hosted by Hasbro and No Kid Hungry at the Warriors offices, in which students packed 200 meals for peers in Oakland.
- Students and families attended the Oakland Athletics game against the Cleveland Indians at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on Friday night.
- Students participated in a Sports Budgeting and Management simulation at the Bleacher Report offices in downtown San Francisco on Saturday morning.
- The group visited the Exploratorium and students had a chance to explore San Francisco with their families on Saturday evening.
- On Sunday morning, students participated in a series of STEM activities with students from UC Berkeley and Warriors legend Adonal Foyle.
- Congratulations to the Sixers Math Champions team for their hard fought National Championship victory!
The road to the National Championship continues with two more Regional Championship events in the next week, including the Milwaukee Bucks and Sacramento Kings Regional Championships. Events for the National Championship weekend are beginning to shape up, and we are excited to be partnering with United to help provide flights for the event! This week we also received the last of the student applications for the National Championship. We received 155 in total--the largest pool yet! Each year we are blown away by the stories of the applying students, and by the dedication and passion for learning that these students embody. Narrowing down a group of twenty students is arguably the most challenging part of the whole process.
Stay tuned for more updates as we get closer to May, and be sure to check out pictures below from the recent Pistons Math Hoops Regional Championship event, held at the Kemeny Recreation Center in Detroit.
We had a successful Giving Tuesday fundraising campaign, raising over $3,000 for the project in just a few days!
Planning for the 2019 NBA Math Hoops National Championship is already well underway, and we’re excited to announce that the Golden State Warriors will be hosting for the second time! The event will return to the Bay Area for the first time since 2017, when the team hosted the first ever National Championship.
The Warriors are one of our most committed partners across the league, and had already upped their support for Math Hoops programming in the Bay Area this season, which will be the fifth year of programming in the region. The season is off to a great start: This past week, the Warriors hosted the first local NBA Math Hoops Live event of the season at the team’s practice facility in Oakland. Cal Women’s Basketball Associate Head Coach (and former WNBA player) Charmin Smith joined students from Laurel Dell Elementary in San Rafael, CA and Fred T. Korematsu Discovery Academy in Oakland for an afternoon of competition and fun.
Help spread the word and stay tuned for more updates from the Bay Area as we approach National Championship weekend in May!
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