The NBA Math Hoops community experience features a fast-paced basketball board game, curriculum, and event series for students in grades 3-8. The program is run by Learn Fresh, in partnership with NBA Cares.
Participants learn fundamental math skills through direct engagement with their favorite NBA and WNBA players’ statistics, competing in an in-class basketball league against their peers.
Through NBA Math Breaks presented by AT&T, students’ learning can continue outside of the classroom as well. Each week, NBA and WNBA players walk students through basic math skills, which are embedded within and work beyond the core Math Hoops curriculum.
NBA Math Breaks presented by AT&T
Building off of these in-class and at-home experiences, thousands of students take their game a step further, competing in NBA Math Hoops Championship events across the United States.
The program’s curriculum is fully correlated to Common Core State Standards and the CASEL framework for social-emotional learning, and has been independently analyzed by the American Institutes for Research and Harvard University’s PEAR Institute.
In 2021, students who completed the program achieved 29% gains in basic math fluency and 19% improvement on a test measuring higher-order skills related to statistics and data analysis. The program consistently outperformed national averages for student STEM engagement and social-emotional development, through its latest PEAR evaluation.
To date, over 500,000 students have solved more than 250 million math problems through the NBA Math Hoops program. 92% of educators report that the program improves students’ overall attitudes towards math.