Science of Sport recently began a partnership with Kerry Williams, Jr. and the Metropolitan Youth Foundation in Louisiana. Together, Science of Sport is helping to promote the growth of Louisiana children by bringing sports into the classroom and making STEM concepts come to life! Here is a little more about the Metropolitan Youth Foundation:
Metropolitan Youth Foundation, Inc. is a youth organization founded by Kerry T. Williams, Jr. and his wife, Stephanie. Kerry believes that the youth are our greatest strength and has coached and mentored children of various ages through a variety of programs over the past 35 years. Helping young people through a program that offers physical activity, academic enrichment, and mentorship is his vision for Metropolitan.
Kerry T. Williams, Jr. said, “Of all the partnerships Metropolitan Youth Foundation share, the most exciting, informative, attention grabber and most impressive is the Science of Sport! Metropolitan Youth Foundation engages our youth with an holistic approach to learning through sports. Our goal is to create the best student-athletes around. Science of Sport not only will assist us in doing so, but it will headline as a premier component of our organization! Science of Sport is the only program present in all programming aspects of MYF, such as MindStar (tutoring), MetroSteam (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics Clubs, MYSL (sports leagues), and PlaySafe (Student Athletes Fundamentals and Education). PlaySafe is the sports instruction initiative of Metropolitan Youth Foundation and employs an educational component to ensure our participants receive skills enhancement that will help them in school.”
The partnership between the Metropolitan Youth Foundation and Science of Sport has Kerry very excited about the upcoming Fall programs in New Orleans. He said, “Science of Sport has given us a tremendous edge necessary to set MYF apart from any other after school program!”
To learn more about the Metropolitan Youth Foundation or to get in contact with Kerry:
The Sun Belt Science of Basketball in partnership with the Allstate Sugar Bowl and College Football Playoff Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers initiative hosted over 1,000 students from the New Orleans area at a 4-day STEM Field Trip during the Sun Belt Conference Basketball Tournament from March 6th – March 9th.
To bring science, technology, engineering, and math to life through the love of basketball to the students of the New Orleans area and enrich their learning with engaging curriculum.
Improve teacher effectiveness in teaching STEM by utilizing sport examples and to improve student interest/performance in STEM through hands-on learning
Train local New Orleans Math, Science, and Physical Education teachers on the Sun Belt Science of Football, Basketball, and Baseball curriculum that uses hands-on learning opportunities through sports examples
Each teacher that participated in the professional development workshop received a 15 lesson plan curriculum that aligned with state standards, a kit that included all of the classroom and sporting equipment needed to implement the lessons in the classroom, dinner, and received professional development hours for attending the training
Start to build a community portal that provides teachers with the opportunity to share best practices that deliver materials and resources for long-term sustainability of the program
In addition to the teacher workshops, we were able to provide services directly to students whose teachers participated in the program through student camps and field trips. These student field trips were held prior to the Sun Belt Conference Basketball Tournament
Through the support from the College Football Playoff Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers, the Allstate Sugar Bowl, and the Sun Belt Conference, we were able to have the following impact through the Sun Belt Science of Basketball program:
More than 30 teachers
More than 2,000 students
More than 25 schools have participated in the program
Field Trip Day Photos:
Over 1,000 students from schools throughout the New Orleans area came down to University of New Orleans Lakefront Arena during the Sun Belt Conference Basketball Tournament. Athletes from the University of Louisiana at Monroe Men’s Basketball team and the University of South Alabama Women’s Basketball team volunteered their morning off to help get the students excited about STEM through basketball.
Teacher Training Photos:
Sun Belt Science of Basketball hosted 20 teachers from the New Orleans area to come to University of New Orleans Lakefront Arena for a workshop where they each took home a full curriculum workbook and a kit of all the materials they need to implement Science of Basketball in their classrooms. They also got to stay for dinner and received tickets to the Sun Belt Conference Basketball Tournament games that evening.
During halftime at the last game of the evening, the teachers were brought to the court to be recognized for their great work in New Orleans.
Lesson 1 – Jersey Numbers
Scholar athletes determine whether the jersey numbers of Sun Belt Conference players are prime, composite, or neither, and determine the prime factorization of the composite numbers.
Lesson 2 – Predict the Attendance
Scholar athletes predict the average attendance of Sun Belt Conference games.
Lesson 3 – Playing Time
Scholar athletes add fractions with unlike denominators using playing times of women’s college basketball players.
Lesson 4 – All-Time Best Free Throw Shooters
Scholar athletes compute and analyze free throw percentages of the all-time most accurate free throw shooters.
Lesson 5 – Shooting Percentages
Scholar athletes calculate the shooting percentages, then calculate their own shooting percentages, from different distances.
Lesson 6 – Average Points Per Game
Scholar athletes make calculations based on points, games played, and points per game.
Lesson 7 – Geometry of a Basketball Court
Scholar athletes calculate the perimeter and area using dimensions of an NCAA basketball court, and outline a basketball court in a classroom using proportional reasoning.
Lesson 8 – Basketball Air Pressure
Scholar athletes measure the effect that changes in air pressure have on the bounce of a basketball.
Lesson 9 – Height, Weight, and Wingspan
Scholar athletes create a scatterplot based on the height and weight of Sun Belt Conference players, then create a scatterplot based on student heights vs. wingspans.
Lesson 10 – Nutrition
Scholar athletes will learn the basic food groups and the relationship between a healthy diet and athletic performance, as well as how to read food labels and identify daily values for various food components such as fat, cholesterol, carbohydrates, fiber, sodium, protein, etc.
Lesson 11 – Heart Rate
Scholar athletes measure and compare their resting and exercise-related heart rates.
Lesson 12 – Plus/Minus Statistic
Scholar athletes rank order Sun Belt Conference players by their Box Plus/Minus (BPM).
Lesson 13 – Wins and Losses
Scholar athletes represent the wins and losses of the 2016-17 Sun Belt Conference men’s and women’s basketball teams on a bar graph.
Lesson 14 – Sun Belt Conference School Enrollment and Basketball Team Wins
Scholar athletes compare the enrollments of Sun Belt Conference schools to the number of wins by their men’s and women’s basketball teams.
Your Arizona Tax Credit Can Help Science of Sport Impact More Students Throughout Arizona
Arizona taxpayers may support our programs for students through a donation to Science of Sport as a Qualifying Charitable Organization (QCO) until April 17, 2018 and receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit against your 2017 state tax liability.
The limits for 2017 a Qualifying Charitable Organization allow for up to $400 for single filers and up to $800 married/joint filling.
FAQ’s for Arizona State Taxpayers
Beginning with the 2016 tax year, credit eligible contributions made to a Qualifying Charitable Organization or Qualifying Foster Care Charitable Organization that are made on or before April 16th (the 15th day of the fourth month following the close of the taxable year) may be applied to either the current or the preceding taxable year and is considered to have been made on the last day of that taxable year.
NOTE: Because calendar year filers have until April 17, 2018, to file their 2017 tax return, these taxpayers also have until April 17, 2018, to make qualifying contributions and claim these credits on their 2017 Arizona return. Donations made in 2018 are not deductible on 2017 federal filings. Please consult with a tax advisor. The tax credits are only available to individuals who file taxes in Arizona.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF FOUNDATION PARTNERS WITH SUN BELT CONFERENCE TO IMPLEMENT INNOVATIVE PROGRAM
IRVING, Texas – The College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation has partnered with the Sun Belt Conference to offer New Orleans teachers the opportunity to participate in the Science of Sport education program. This initiative aims to provide teachers with a professional development opportunity to connect science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and sports with the goal of generating a fresh way to present STEM to their students.
Through its Extra Yard for Teachers platform, the CFP Foundation has committed $150,000 towards the initiative. In all, the program will include three Science of Sport training sessions centered around football, basketball and baseball, which have been tailored to meet Louisiana’s state academic standards. In addition to the training, each teacher will receive a classroom kit to aid in educating their students.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Sun Belt Conference and Science of Sport,” said CFP Foundation Executive Director Britton Banowsky. “Teaching STEM lessons through sport is an innovative way to educate, and we are excited so many teachers will have the opportunity to learn this approach.”
During the 2017-18 academic year, the goals of the program are to improve teacher effectiveness in teaching STEM by utilizing sport examples and to improve student interest and performance through hands-on learning. The measured impact is expected to reach 360 teachers and approximately 18,000 students.
“The College Football Playoff Foundation is helping us to provide what will be a really cool experience for teachers,” said Sun Belt Commissioner Karl Benson. “This is going to be a lot of fun for them, but ultimately it is the students who will get the most fun out of it. Integrating sports in the classroom will get students further engaged with STEM materials and the outcome will be beneficial to their learning experience.”
The first Science of Sport session, featuring football-centric instructional materials, took place in September. The next two training sessions are set to take place in Spring 2018.
About the College Football Playoff Foundation and Extra Yard for Teachers
The College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation is the charitable arm of the College Football Playoff, supporting education across the country. The CFP Foundation’s primary platform, Extra Yard for Teachers, elevates the teaching profession by inspiring and empowering teachers through the implementation of programs in four focus areas: resources, recognition, recruitment and professional development. The CFP Foundation utilizes multiple partnerships to execute its initiatives and support positive educational outcomes.
About the Sun Belt Conference
The Sun Belt Conference continues to establish itself as a force to be reckoned with in competition. The 2016-17 athletic season showed that the Sun Belt Conference takes a back seat to no other league in its competitive balance and in proving itself deserving of its status as a member of the NCAA’s highest conference tier. Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Louisiana, ULM, South Alabama, Texas State and Troy will give the league 10 football members and enable the Sun Belt to inaugurate divisional football play and stage a conference championship game in 2018. Little Rock and UTA compete as Sun Belt members in all sports other than football.