Jazz and Stars to Host Math Hoops Live for Students
SALT LAKE CITY - For the fourth-straight season, the Utah Jazz will host an NBA Math Hoops Live event to engage local students in math through basketball at Bruin Arena on the campus of Salt Lake Community College in Taylorsville on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 4 p.m.
At the Math Hoops Live educational event, Utah Jazz two-way forward Jarrell Brantley and Stars forward Wyatt Walker will captain two teams of local students for two halves of play. The students will solve fundamental math problems, which will unlock different locations for Brantley and Walker to shoot from on the court to earn points for their teams.
NBA Math Hoops is a fast-paced basketball board game that emphasizes foundational math and social-emotional skills over a 12-week curriculum. In Math Hoops Live, the game transforms into a live-action event on the court at Bruin Arena, the home of the Jazz's NBA G League affiliate, the Salt Lake City Stars.
The Jazz, with support from Larry H. Miller Charities, implemented NBA Math Hoops at the start of the 2016-17 season. The program now supports 3,500 students from 50 schools, after-school programs and nonprofits across the state of Utah, who have been learning basic arithmetic, geometry, percentages and statistical analysis through an engaging curriculum.
The Jazz Math Hoops program, in conjunction with the nonprofit Learn Fresh, will conclude in March with a regional tournament for select student participants and the National Championships will be held in Detroit in the spring.
Last season, fourth-grader Taylor Jennings from Creekview Elementary in Price represented the Jazz at the National Championships in the Bay Area, finishing among the final four competitors.
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