In these uncertain times, many aspects of our society are being significantly affected, not least among them being the impact on students' education. Students across the country are losing out on substantial learning time. This will have a direct impact on achievement of fundamental skills and grade-level learning goals; particularly in core subjects like math and reading.
As in many areas of society, the disruption will have an especially profound impact on students in underserved communities, particularly in households that have limited resources to supplement students’ continued education. As part of an effort to support students and families in our communities, Learn Fresh is donating our flagship program, NBA Math Hoops, at no cost, directly to households in need of resources for in-home learning.
In just a few short days, we have received an overwhelming number of requests from families and we need the support of our community to meet this challenge. A contribution of just $25 will cover the cost of providing an NBA Math Hoops board game to one family.
If you are in need of resources and would like to request NBA Math Hoops for your home, please click below.
Thank you in advance for your support!
We make learning fun for all students.
We improve engagement and achievement through innovative learning experiences, leveraging students’ passion points to inspire their STEM and social-emotional learning. Through our work, we explicitly strive to reach students who have historically been underrepresented in STEM fields, specifically girls, students of color, and students from low-income communities. We see brilliance and limitless possibility in every student, and aim to provide resources and support to these students and their educators so that they may be inspired to learn and grow.
We envision a world in which our students find learning so engaging that they want to do it all the time.
Our programs work to remove the boundaries between in-school and out-of-school STEM learning, and reduce the barriers to engagement for our students and educators. Through these experiences, students are able to more clearly see the connections between their educational experiences and the real world.
We believe that students' interests should be at the core of every academic experience.
We leverage themes that are most meaningful for students, with a specific focus on athletics and the arts. Instead of isolating these passion points from fundamental subjects, we blend them to create highly unique and memorable educational experiences. Our programs build a partnership between learners and educators, maximizing intrigue for students and equipping teachers with tools that are relevant to their students' lives.
Nick Monzi currently serves as CEO and Co-Founder of Learn Fresh, a national education nonprofit dedicated to enhancing student’s STEM and social-emotional achievement through sports and entertainment. Since the organization's founding, he has worked with global corporations, leading urban school districts, and national and regional after-school program providers to develop the Learn Fresh community program model. Since its launch in Cleveland during the fall of 2013, the experience has expanded to include initiatives with 25 professional sports teams and over 250,000 students. He has also driven the invention of three new sports-based academic programs, which have been funded and supported by team and league partners across the United States.
Nick earned a bachelor's degree in Entrepreneurship and Marketing Management from Syracuse University, and completed his master's degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he took an active role in growing the presence of education innovation on Harvard's campus. In addition to his entrepreneurial pursuits, he has been an active arts and music educator for the past decade.
For questions about our mission and vision, contact Nick via email at [email protected].
Calvin Sibert is a “Game Changer.” His innate ability to impact change is evident in the way in which he approaches the classroom, his role as a father and his community involvement. He attended Western Michigan University and received his baccalaureate degree in education in 2002. Upon completing his degree, he initially had aspired to become a print and runway model. Nevertheless, he knew that he had been called by God to become a “role” model instead for students in the inner city of Detroit.
After his first year of teaching, Calvin created a behavior/financial literacy program called “The Money System.” This educational platform promoted character education, academic excellence and financial preparedness for young people. During his 20 years in the field of education, he has coached basketball, soccer, and cross country. In addition, he founded a ballroom dancing league called “The Smooth League” which introduced young people to the intricacies of ballroom dancing along with its etiquette and protocols.
Calvin possesses a passion for young people and education. He is the quintessential mentor, coach and encourager. His enthusiastic zeal for life and infectious optimism has and will continue to transform and revolutionize the lives of many. He is truly a man who practices what he preaches; and that’s how you change the game.
His interests include ballroom dancing, trying new restaurants, listening to motivational speakers, and spending time with family.
For questions about our program opportunities, contact Calvin via email at [email protected].
Kaitlyn comes to Learn Fresh with nearly a decade of experience in nonprofit development. As an emerging leader in the sector, she strongly believes that every person has the power to create transformative impact in our world!
Kaitlyn has dedicated her career to raising support for organizations in the healthcare and education spaces, holding staff and leadership positions at organizations including the American Diabetes Association, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and the Rutgers University Foundation. While a student at Penn State University, Kaitlyn’s passion for philanthropy was developed by supporting pediatric cancer research and family support through the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON).
As the Chief Development Officer for Learn Fresh, she is excited to work with our community of supporters to expand access to high-quality, student-focused education programs. Kaitlyn aims to work collaboratively with leadership and benefactors to scale the organization’s reach and changemaking ability.
In her free time, Kaitlyn enjoys spending time with her family and dog Winston! You will often find her at home pleading with him to “Stop barking!”
For questions about corporate, institutional, or personal philanthropy, contact Kaitlyn via email at [email protected].
Jeff is a forward thinking individual who strongly believes in the positive impacts that a fundamental education can provide. At Learn Fresh, Jeff works with NBA and NFL teams, suppliers, and other external partners to schedule, coordinate, and execute a wide variety of events. Jeff is also responsible for the redesign and expansion of the company’s program management platform, the Learn Fresh Coaches Association, and the streamlining of the company's distribution systems.
Outside of Learn Fresh, Jeff has received a bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship and Marketing Management from Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management. In his spare time, you can find him on the slopes, in the kitchen, or exploring new destinations.
For questions about events and operations, contact Jeff via email at [email protected].
Colleen was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and has been surrounded by athletics from a young age. Her family is all dedicated sports fans, and she grew up playing every one that came her way. By middle school, she settled on water polo, and this led her to being recruited to play at UC Berkeley. Berkeley is where she initially became interested in the link between sports and education, and she tied this into her studies and fieldwork with the Education Department.
Upon graduating from UC Berkeley in 2005, she has remained in the field of education. Her first position was with AmeriCorps VISTA at a middle school in Berkeley, CA where she served as the Academic Coordinator for the Youth Support Program. This began her career working with low-income communities in the Bay Area, where she has remained for the past 10 years. Her main focus and expertise has been to bring STEM curriculums to a network of schools in over 9 school districts, and to remain connected to curriculum trends on the national level.
Colleen now serves as the Chief Partnership Officer at Learn Fresh, and remains dedicated to providing all students a fun, engaging way to learn. She strongly believes in the ability of every child to succeed.
Aside from her work life, Colleen can be found exploring everything in and around San Francisco. She is a big San Francisco Giants, Warriors and UC Berkeley sports fan. When she is not in the Bay Area, she is either in Kauai with her family or exploring hidden gems with her husband in Northern California.
For questions about regional and national partnership opportunities, contact Colleen via email at [email protected].
Sumner is a performing artist and writer with a passion for education, community development, and social justice. He’s dedicated to using the Arts and athletics as tools for empowering youth to explore and develop their identities within a community. Sumner first worked with the Learn Fresh team in the summer of 2013 to help develop Learn Fresh's mission, vision, and branding, and recently rejoined the Learn Fresh team as a part-time Development Associate.
After graduating from Brown University in 2014 with a degree in International Relations, Sumner worked for a year as a Teaching Artist with Providence CityArts for Youth, co-leading an after school arts integration program at Gilbert Stuart Middle School on the South Side of Providence. With CityArts, Sumner created hands-on projects that combined content from Rhode Island State Social Studies, Language Arts, and Science curriculums with aspects of music, theater, poetry, sculpture, painting, drawing, and a host of other artistic mediums. In July of 2015, Sumner moved to Brooklyn, NY to pursue music full time as a saxophonist with soul-pop group Lawrence. Lawrence released its debut LP, Breakfast, in March of 2016 after working with Grammy Award winning producer Eric Krasno (Lettuce/Soulive/Tedeschi Trucks Band), and is currently touring to support the release with headline shows and festival appearances around the country. In between shows, Sumner can be found in the back of the tour van writing grants for NBA Math Hoops.
For questions about media and communications, contact Sumner via email at [email protected].
Austin Alm was born in Salt Lake City, and has lived in Utah for his entire life. He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University, and has a Master's Degree in Instructional Leadership from Utah State University. Austin has taught elementary school for 10 years, both in public and private school settings. When outside of the classroom, Austin enjoys watching and playing sports, and has been a lifelong Utah Jazz fan. He loves camping, fishing, gardening, and anything else that has to do with being outside in nature. Austin can usually be found spending time with his wife and three kids, who are all amazing inspirations for him. He loves NBA Math Hoops and is excited to be a part of the team!
Andrew J. Canle is a Learn Fresh All-Star Educator and currently serves on the Learn Fresh Educator Advisory Board. Andrew is the AIS Academy Instructional Coach and 6th Grade General Education Classroom Teacher at Shaw Avenue School in District 30’s Union Free School District in Valley Stream, N.Y. He is a passionate educator devoted to helping all children enhance their abilities and surpass fulfilling their potential. Andrew’s Mathletes are the current two-time defending New York City NBA Math Hoops Champions.
Andrew graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, and a Master of Science in Elementary Education for grades 1 through 6. Currently, Andrew is completing a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from the College of St. Rose. When he is not instructing in the classroom or facilitating Math Hoops tournaments at Shaw Avenue, you can find Andrew trying every flavor of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and watching SportsCenter.
Erin Maudlin is a teacher in Elk Grove, CA. Before becoming an educator, she spent time working in advertising sales in the hustle and bustle of San Francisco. Erin knew that she needed to pursue her dream of teaching, so she quit her job and did just that! Now, it is her mission to create a learning environment where students feel safe to take risks, celebrate each other’s success, and thrive both academically and emotionally. Erin spent her early years of teaching in 3rd grade, but after seeing studies that suggest early math scores are a better indicator of later reading success than early reading scores, she decided to teach kindergarten, where she can help young students achieve this foundation! In her spare time, Erin loves to hike, swim, explore new places, and eat good food, of course!
Vannessa Moreno is a native Phoenician and nine-year Youth Development Professional who is committed to helping youth reach their full potential, and discover their passions and talents to contribute to their communities. From 2009-2012, Vannessa attended Arizona State University, studying Non-Profit Management. She is currently a Program Manager for the Harry and Sandy Rosenzweig Boys & Girls Club of Metro Phoenix and has worked for the organization for a total of five years.
Vannessa prides herself in being creative and innovative. Her passion for youth has shown an innate ability of engaging a variety of youth in development programs in a fast paced environment, while fostering positive and healthy relationships with students, members, parents and staff. The upcoming Math Hoops season will be the third in which Vannessa has coached. Math Hoops has made a huge impact on the youth she has coached through the program. Not only has it helped sharpen students' math skills, but it has also helped students learn the value of teamwork and sportsmanship. When not working, you can find Vannessa coaching dance, attending a concert or sporting event, traveling, or spending time with her family and year old nephew.
Sean Patterson is a fourth grade teacher at Bruce Guadalupe Elementary School in Milwaukee,WI. He has been teaching for 13 years since graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Currently, Sean works in the areas of math, science, and social studies. The Milwaukee Bucks basketball organization and Bruce Guadalupe have been implementing the Math Hoops program for two years. During their third year, the school looks forward to incorporating two additional grade levels in the program.
Robyn Seelye is an educator at Doyle-Ryder Elementary in Flint, MI, where she has guided students to the NBA Math Hoops National Championship in consecutive years. She has an Associates, Bachelors and two Masters Degrees. Robyn spent fifteen years in Las Vegas, Nevada as a classroom teacher and Assistant Principal before moving to Flint, where she teaches Fifth/Sixth Grade Science and Social Studies. This will be her fifth year in Flint and her third year using Math Hoops, which has gotten many of her students excited about learning and practicing their basic math facts.
Carmen Shepperd is currently located in Ocoee, Florida, where she has been teaching middle school science for the past 10 years. Carmen was recently selected as Teacher of the Year for the 2018-2019 school year. Before teaching in Ocoee, she spent 16 years in Houston, Texas teaching various subjects, including World History, Physical Education, Middle School Science, and Pre-K. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston.This will be Carmen's third year participating in the NBA Math Hoops program, and she is looking forward to an exciting year showing students that math can be so much fun!
Thinh is a dedicated education professional with a strong background in technology, complemented with leadership positions in the community. He was born in Vietnam and can speak his native language fluently, and is also a former President of a non-profit organization. Thinh is experienced in writing grants, programs development, hiring and managing staff, and recruiting volunteers and board members. In addition to his work at Kirkbride Elementary School in Philadelphia, he is also an adjunct professor for Harcum College.
Rebecca was born and raised in San Francisco, California where she graduated from Lowell High School and went on to earn her degree from San Francisco State University. She has been involved with the Asian Basketball Community since she began playing at the age of 8 years old and now coaches young ladies with the same passion for basketball. Rebecca also has a love and appreciation for Polynesian culture and can be found Hula and Tahitian dancing with a local dance group. In addition to basketball and dance, Rebecca is passionate about food, traveling, all things Disney and the Golden State Warriors!
Rebecca has spent the last ten years working as a Program Coordinator with the Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center at Ulloa Elementary School where her focus was around STEM and Art & Health Learning. She has partnered with many organizations within the Bay Area to bring new enriching experiences that motivate students to see their potential and encourage family time. At Ulloa, Rebecca has not only lead a popular and successful NBA Math Hoops program, but she has also helped spark student interest in mathematics and athletics. In 2017, Rebecca was honored to be selected as a Learn Fresh All-Star Educator. She is now even more excited to be part of the Learn Fresh Educator Advisory Board, where she can support and help grow NBA Math Hoops Programs in the Bay Area. Most recently, she has accepted a position within Bay Area Community Resources to be the Program Coordinator of Ed’s Neighborhood, a mobile interactive model to teach students in Kindergarten through Second Grades about street safety. It simulates many everyday situations and obstacles that are part of being a pedestrian in San Francisco.
Carlin has a passion for developing and supporting youth in diverse, under-resourced communities. She is an inspirational, mission-driven leader with a unique background given her varied experience as a philanthropist, nonprofit executive, social worker, and educator. Currently, Carlin works as a program officer for the David & Lucile Packard Foundation where she is responsible for grantmaking, coordinating special projects, compiling research, and supporting communication connected to the Office of the President. Prior to that, she was Managing Director of Innovate Foundation and a consultant and advisor to major Silicon Valley corporations on their education philanthropy and initiatives. Carlin began her career with Teach For America, first as a corps member teaching in Compton, CA, and then as a national staff member in Chicago and New York City. She has lived and worked in the Bay Area since 1999. In her spare time, Carlin can be found at the boxing gym, cheering on her favorite sports teams, or enjoying local activities and adventures with her family. Carlin holds degrees from Northwestern University and The University of Michigan School of Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California.
Micah Gilmer is an expert in applied research, social innovation and the non-profit sector. He received his Ph.D. from Duke University in 2009. He serves as Senior Partner with Frontline Solutions, a social change organization that provides consulting services primarily to government, philanthropic and non-profit organizations. His current projects include work for Open Society Foundations, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the Southeastern Council of Foundations. Gilmer’s recent publications include “Momentum: Sustaining Efforts to Improve the Life Outcomes Among African-American Males” (Ford Foundation), “Family Matters” (ABFE), “Why We Can’t Wait: A Case for Philanthropic Action” (Ford Foundation) and “Rebel Song: Soweto’s Black Sunday Movement” (Transforming Anthropology). Gilmer is a former Morehead Scholar, and earned his undergraduate degree in African American and Religious Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Jose Gordon serves as President of the eBay Foundation. He is the former Executive Director of the Warriors Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Golden State Warriors, where he led fundraising and charitable investments, including grantmaking, basketball court refurbishments, and ticket donations. Jose also serves on advisory committees for the Jefferson Awards Foundation, Good Tidings Foundation, Oakland Public Education Fund, and BensFriends.org. Previously, he was Senior Director of Development Communications for the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health in Palo Alto. Jose graduated from Stanford University with degrees in Economics and American Studies.
David R. McGhee, program director leading the Foundation’s Equity and Economy strategies, joined the Skillman Foundation in 2014.
Prior to joining the Foundation, David served as a program director for Big Brothers, Big Sisters and as a congressional liaison for U.S. Representative Dan Kildee, who represents Michigan’s 5th Congressional District. David’s work with youth and communities and role as a thought-leader has been recognized across the state and beyond. He was featured in the September 2012 issue of Black Enterprise Magazine and contributed to the National Urban League’s 2013 State of Black America Report. His essay Mentoring Matters: Why Young Professionals and Others Must Mentor, was published alongside contributors such as Marc H. Morial, Eric H. Holder, Jr., Congressman John Lewis, Rev. Al Sharpton, and many others. In 2016, he was selected as a Next City Vanguard, joining a group of 45 top urban innovators making equitable change, and was also selected to take part in the 2016 American Express Leadership Academy Alumni Summit, a gathering of the nation’s emerging nonprofit and philanthropic leaders. David received his bachelor’s degree in public administration & public policy from Oakland University and a master’s degree in leadership from Central Michigan University.
David is a lifetime resident of Flint, Michigan. He is an avid reader, writer of poetry, and loves to play basketball.
Deborah Stroman, PhD CLU, is an enthusiastic professor and entrepreneur. Her academic interests are in leadership applied to both the sport industry and racial equity education. She currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s prestigious Gillings School of Global Public Health. Dr. Stroman has extensive experience in the business of sport as a former NCAA DI basketball player and coach. In her previous role as a professor at UNC’s business school, she taught and directed MBA students and high-performing undergraduate students in a number of key projects to promote the examination of the sport industry and its impact on society. Signature events include her nationally-recognized Basketball Analytics Summit and engaging research impact symposiums. Her love for small business is demonstrated in her current work as the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the award-winning, American Underground. In this capacity, she instructs on business development and promotes entrepreneurship to college students, alumni, faculty and residents in the Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill) region. Dr. Stroman has more than three decades of business, entrepreneurship and athletic industry experience. Prior to joining academia, she owned a successful sport marketing and event planning company and had a 17-year career in financial services. Visit dstroman.com.
Nasir serves as the Associate Director of Social Investments at AT&T, focusing on education and employment technology investments and philanthropy that empowers students, workers success and career readiness. Nasir has executed transactions in impact investments across multiple sectors and geographies, including the US, Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia in the form of debt, equity and non-diluted capital.
Prior to AT&T, Nasir led Village Capital's Economic Opportunity portfolio, investing in high growth businesses around the world solving pressing challenges in Education, Health, and Financial Services. Nasir spent two years at Village Capital as Global Head of their Education practice and investments, supporting education entrepreneurs in New Delhi, Mumbai, Nairobi, Bogota, Mexico City, and US. Under his leadership Village Capital’s Education investments increased from four to 14 in two years, and today serves as their most active sector.
Nasir began his career as an investment professional at Goldman Sachs, on the municipal bond sales desk and later worked as an Senior Associate at State Street Corporation, as an equities sales trader. Subsequently, in 2013 Nasir volunteered and joined Senator Elect Mayor Cory Booker Co Chairman of Innovation and Technology during his special run for Senator campaign. In 2014, Nasir was appointed as the Special Assistant to the Commissioner of Education at the Connecticut State Department of Education and Education Pioneer Data Analyst Fellow, focusing on improving digital learning and infrastructure to empower teachers and school leaders to improve persistently low-performing schools.
He co-founded and invested in Bees Knees Baking Company, formally a West Village and Murry Hill coffee shop in NYC. Nasir remains personally engaged in education in Washington, DC serving on the boards of Center City Public Charter School and Center Point Education Solutions. He’s also committed to completing 51 full marathons, in all 50 states and D.C., having already completed 17 to raise $1 million in scholarship funding for first-generation college students. The Atlanta native resides in Ward 6, Navy Yard community in Washington, DC and holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Hampton University.
NBA Math Hoops is a fast-paced basketball board game and mobile app that allows students to learn fundamental math skills through direct engagement with the real statistics of their favorite NBA and WNBA players. The NBA Math Hoops curriculum is tied to Common Core State Standards and 21st Century Learning Skills, and it has been shown to improve students’ basic math skills and understanding of statistics, in addition to their interpersonal skills, driving them to collaborate more effectively with their peers.
Learn Fresh distributes the NBA Math Hoops game and curriculum in association with NBA Cares, and developed the product in partnership with Hasbro and Big Picture Learning. Working with individual NBA teams and neighboring education partners in cities around the United States, Learn Fresh is developing community-driven City Chapter Initiatives that provide NBA Math Hoops to students and educators at no cost.
The Broncos First and 10 experience is centered on a board game and 12-week curriculum, which is built to engage 5-8th grade students through the game of football and the statistics of the Denver Broncos’ legendary Super Bowl Championship teams. Participating students sign sportsmanship contracts, draft a team, compete in “football” games on the game board, and challenge their peers for the championship title, all while developing fundamental math skills.
As a member of the Broncos First and 10 community, educators enjoy an annual in-person training experience, unlimited games and classroom materials, and special student incentives from the Denver Broncos and Learn Fresh. The top participating students from each site are also invited to attend an annual Broncos First and 10 Championship, hosted at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. For the very best students and educators, there is also an opportunity to earn an expenses-paid trip to the annual Learn Fresh National Championship weekend!