A summer basketball camp teaches school subjects with sports, and young people are learning mathematics, history, geography, business, and how to shoot hoops.
The math behind basketball statistics is just part of the experience students receive at Philadelphia Youth Basketball’s summer camp at La Salle University.
The backboard and the blackboard are combined at PYB, organized around an academic curriculum using basketball to teach various concepts. The lessons about top coaches teach leadership, the history of the game and teams is a chance to teach history and the spread of teams is a lesson in geography.
The aim of the camp is to help students from poor neighborhoods and struggling schools grow in learning as well as sports. “There are ways to engage the hearts and minds of kids that don’t involve cracking textbooks,” said Kenny Holdsman, the organization’s president and CEO.