Source: Learn Fresh/Hasbro

If kids knew they could build math skills by playing basketball, we bet they’d be lining up to practice quicker than a slam dunk.

Hasbro is teaming up with nonprofit Learn Fresh to help support its new NBA Math Hoops program and app. NBA Math Hoops is a comprehensive community education program for students in grades 3-8 that strives to build fundamental math and social-emotional learning (SEL) skills through the game of basketball. The program features a digital and physical board game, a mobile app, a curriculum, and a community experience that students can take part in both in classrooms and in out-of-school learning environments. The program focuses on serving low-income students and students of color.

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In the NBA Math Hoops game, students can draft a team of NBA and WNBA players and compete with their classmates to solve math problems using real player statistics. This helps build fundamental math skills, sportsmanship, and grit. Hasbro has been producing and donating all physical NBA Math Hoops board games used by the program since 2012, helping Learn Fresh distribute these games to afterschool programs, community centers, schools, and homes in low-income communities worldwide. Hasbro is now helping Learn Fresh make NBA Math Hoops accessible to even more students with a web-based and mobile version of the game.

Designed for students in grades 3-8, the educational NBA Math Hoops mobile app replicates the mechanics of the physical NBA Math Hoops board game, featuring NBA and WNBA player statistics that update in real-time. Players can compete in Quick Play mode or enter a classroom code for League Play with their fellow students, unlocking new players the more that they play. The NBA Math Hoops app is available to download in the App Store and Google Play now!

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Jackie Cucco

Jackie Cucco

Jackie Cucco was a Senior Editor of The Toy Book, The Toy Insider, and The Pop Insider. She covered toy trends, pop culture, and entertainment news, and made appearances on national and regional outlets, including CBS, WPIX, News 12, and more. Jackie spends her time watching horror movies and working her way through every Stephen King novel out there.