01 Jun Sixers Youth Foundation Representative Reached Final Four in National Math Hoops Tournament
Aye Aye, a local seventh-grade student from Southwark School in Philadelphia, battled head-to-head with some of the nation’s most-promising, young mathletes in the 2017 Math Hoops National Tournament at Stanford University on June 2-4. Once the dust settled, Aye Aye found herself in the Final Four of the inaugural tournament.
Aye Aye was ultimately bounced out of the tournament, just shy of reaching the Championship Round. The tournament featured a total of 16 students, who competed in the Math Hoops board game.
The national tournament, which takes place from June 2-4, features 16 students and will be centered around the Math Hoops educational board game.
Math Hoops, an NBA Cares adopted program, is a fast-paced basketball board game that teaches students math skills through direct engagement with the real stats of their favorite professional players.
The Sixers Youth Foundation celebrated Aye Aye’s selection from a pool of more than 20,000 applicants with a pep rally on May 31 for her and her fellow students at Southwark. The Sixers Dunk Squad presented by Dunkin’ Donuts, the Sixers Dance Team and Sixers mascot Franklin helped send Aye Aye off to California in style with a custom Sixers jersey and a swag bag.
Aye Aye is one of more than 750 middle school students, who are supported weekly by the Sixers Youth Foundation’s involvement with the Math Hoops program in efforts to enhance students’ math literacy and competency, problem solving abilities and interpersonal communication skills in the context of teamwork and sportsmanship.
Melanie Young, Aye Aye’s Math teacher at Southwark, said Math Hoops has helped Aye Aye grow academically and socially since she came to the United States from Thailand. The game’s integral part in Aye Aye’s education is what led Young to nominate her seventh-grade student.
“At the beginning of the year, Aye Aye told me that she did not like math. Each week as she played, I could see that her mathematical fluency was improving,” Young said. “Math Hoops has surely caused Aye Aye’s math anxiety to disappear. In class, she is often the first student to raise her hand…math homework and tests no longer scare her.”
The Sixers Youth Foundation has implemented the Math Hoops program at 12 schools in Philadelphia and Camden. On June 23, each of the 12 schools will be represented in a Sixers staff Math Hoops tournament. The teams will be competing on behalf of the Sixers Math Hoops schools for the opportunity to win its students a Sixers Welcome Back to School Assembly during the 2017-18 school year.
The Sixers Youth Foundation plans to expand the Math Hoops program to a total of 25 schools in Philadelphia and Camden by the end of the upcoming school year.