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By Billy Rudolph

Take nothing away from four Oppe Elementary students and two Crenshaw middle schoolers whose hard work has added up to advancement into the 2021 NBA Math Hoops regional tournament.

Representing Oppe will be third-graders Ellie GaidoCaroline Mielsch, Isaiah VanDyke, and fourth-grader Castin Hopper. Competing for Crenshaw will be sixth-grader Reed Packebush and seventh-grader Joshua Mann. Each student received a goodie bag including t-shirts and their own physical NBA Math hoops board game created by Hasbro. 

The ballers are part of Galveston ISDs Texas ACE afterschool program and will represent the district and the Houston Rockets in the virtual regional tournament to be held April 26-28. 

“Texas ACE allows our students to continue learning beyond the classroom in ways that are fun and exciting,” says Oppe Site Coordinator Wes Holland.

Crenshaw Site Coordinator Lexis Fentanes adds, “This game is a great way to capture their love and interest for sports and combine that with an activity that advances their math skills.” 

The NBA Math Hoops is 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.

Winners of the regional tournament will advance to the national championships this summer. Good luck to our Galveston ISD competitors!


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