In the fall of 2014, the Denver Nuggets became the second NBA team to partner with Learn Fresh and implement the NBA Math Hoops community program. The experience features a basketball board game and NBA season-like curriculum that allows students to learn fundamental math skills through their favorite players' statistics. In class, students learn the game, draft their team, negotiate trades, and compete in a championship. The experience culminates in March of each season, with top participants from each site competing at the Nuggets Math Hoops Regional Championship in Denver.
Since launch, the NBA Math Hoops program has reached over 7,500 students in Denver, Aurora, and the surrounding communities. These students have represented a diverse group of partners in the region, including Denver Public Schools, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, YMCA of Metropolitan Denver, DU Bridge Project, Summer Scholars, Athletics & Beyond, and Denver Parks and Recreation.
A 2019 assessment of the program's effectiveness demonstrated 35% gains in math fluency for program participants and 18% gains on a higher-level math assessment modeled after the National Assessment for Educational Progress. Students who completed the program were also 30% more likely than a control group to report growth in key attributes like leadership, collaboration, grit, and resilience. Nationally, NBA Math Hoops community programs are active in 35 focus cities and have engaged over 150,000 students across the country.
If your school or academic program is interested in joining the NBA Math Hoops program, please click below to contact a program representative.