On February 28, several members of local Boys and Girls Clubs participated in the NBA Math Hoops Winter Championship Tournament at Rainier Vista Boys and Girls Club. NBA Math Hoops is a fast-paced basketball board game, curriculum, and community program that allows students to learn fundamental math skills through direct engagement with the real statistics of their favorite NBA and WNBA players. These participants proved to be the best at their local club, playing after school during the fall and winter as part of Power Hour to encourage at least 20 minutes of reading, writing, and mathematics each day. During the tournament, the kids competed in pairs to establish the Seattle winter champions. This year’s winners were from Ballard Boys and Girls Club.
As part of the NBA Math Hoops curriculum, students can send in an application showing their Math Hoops participation and share why they should qualify to compete on the big stage. We were super excited and proud that one of our Winter Championship participants from North Seattle Boys and Girls Club, Mikayla, was chosen to represent the Seattle Storm at the 2019 NBA Math Hoops National Championship! This was our first local representative. Mikayla and her family member received an all-expenses paid trip to the Bay Area in May to compete with other “mathletes” from around the country with the intent of bringing the championship trophy back to North Seattle! She has been a huge advocate for the game and has put in a lot of practice and work to qualify for the National Championship.