Reading, Math, and Sports for Success
The Baseball & Academic Skills Instructional Course of the American Baseball Foundation Inc. redresses reading and math loss (last 15 BASIC programs have produced on average 2.4 months gain in reading and 3.8 months gain in math) among at-risk students, grades one through eight. The program’s methodology guarantees student enjoyment and physical fitness, as they rotate from an academic station to a sports or sports games station at set intervals. Students become part of “home teams” that teach team building in academics as well as sports. Studens learn sports in a safe environment that teaches cooperation and perseverance.
Attracting 65 students from Jefferson and Shelby counties, the ABF implemented its 25th annual summer BASIC program at the Guiding Light Church in Irondale, AL. Adjusting the programming to offer more academic content as well as intervention lessons, the students rotated seven times from a reading or math station to a sports station, students, ages 6 to 15, glided through the 6.5-hour day. They enjoyed the fun of learning building blocks for reading enjoyment, math application, as well as the fundamentals of soccer, volleyball, and baseball. The action produced tangible dividends as, on average, the students gained 6.8 months to grade level in math and 5.6 months in reading. Partnering with the Kansas City Royals Baseball Club, the ABF supported the Royals ten-week program at their Urban Youth Academy located in Kansas City, Missouri. Program director Jorge Guzman noted, “The BASIC curriculum served as our anchor throughout the 10-weeks and offered guidelines to follow. The BASIC curriculum books were highlights of the programming.”
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