On Wednesday, August 21 the Storm and Learn Fresh Education Co. partnered for a Live “Storm Math Hoops” Event at Seattle Pacific University. To celebrate a great summer of playing the NBA Math Hoops board game during Summer Brain Gain and Power Hour at their local Boys and Girls Clubs, 30 participants from Rotary, Rainier Vista, and Southwest Boys and Girls Clubs traveled to the Storm practice court. Storm players Sami Whitcomb and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis were partnered with the students who each took their turn at rolling dice, computing mathematical calculations and selecting the spot for the Storm player to shoot from. This was a fun twist on the board game as kids got to cheer on Storm players shooting from designated spots on the court instead of using stats and probability with individual player cards to check their odds of scoring. The event was emceed by Calvin Sibert, Chief Academic Officer at Learn Fresh Education Co. Kaleena’s team outscored Sami’s team to send the victory home with participants from Rotary and Rainier Vista. The event concluded with a Q&A session for the kids. Every kid received an autograph from both players and a voucher to come to an upcoming Storm game.
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. The NBA Math Hoops curriculum is tied to Common Core State Standards and 21st Century Learning Skills, and it has been shown to improve students’ basic math skills and understanding of statistics, in addition to their interpersonal skills, driving them to collaborate more effectively with their peers.