NYC MATH CHAMPS IN ACTION
Posted May 14, 2015
Students from across the New York metropolitan area gathered to compete and celebrate their achievements in the NBA Math Hoops program’s first annual All-Star Tournament. Supported by the Brooklyn Nets and NBA Cares, students traveled from four of the five boroughs and Long Island to the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club’s Navy Yard Clubhouse to attend the event.
The competing Math Champions were also joined by the Nets’ Darius Morris, who cheered on the teams in an intense championship final and presented trophies to the tournament winners. After the final round, students were able to interact with Morris, take photos, and get their newly-earned NBA Cares t-shirts and participation certificates autographed.
After a solid first round, tournament competition intensified with a tense overtime game that knocked out the 2014 NYC tournament champions from St. Elizabeth Catholic Academy in Queens. Teams from the Navy Yard Clubhouse, Isaac Newton Middle School in East Harlem, and Northern Parkway Elementary School in Uniondale advanced to the “final four” round of the tournament. Anneliese Marmol and Jhuvani Clarke, fifth graders from Northern Parkway, ultimately claimed the title.
To date, the NBA Math Hoops game and curriculum has been used in over 40 schools and after-school programs throughout the New York metro region, and over 590 sites across the country. Top performing programs in the region were selected for participation in this special Math Hoops event, including City Year New York, New Heights, the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, St. Elizabeth Catholic Academy, and Northern Parkway School in the Uniondale School District.