The Science of Sport has developed basketball related lesson plans that provide a mechanism for elementary and middle school students to improve their academic performance. Our goal is to translate the love of basketball into an appreciation, understanding, and passion of the science and mathematics underlying the sport. Through this approach, we aim to empower students who may be underperforming academically by relating core curriculum topics to their athletic strengths, capabilities, and interests. By demonstrating the natural connection between basketball, science, and mathematics, the students are encouraged to define and pursue better life choices, including the continuation of their education and even attending college. Participation in this program has the potential to improve academic achievement, provide a path to college, and elevate socioeconomic status.