I remember seeing the Harlem Globe Trotters when I was young and being so inspired!

Today, Young Minds has partnered with the Harlem Globetrotters so they can help kids stay positive, and immerse them in free school programs to support their goals and dreams.

The program, called “This is How We Roll,” is designed to help students in grades 1-6 build a classroom culture that supports their goals and dreams throughout the school year.

Inspired by the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters and Heelys, students celebrate their differences and their own unique identities as they collaborate on fun language arts activities .

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FREE Teacher Materials

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The start of a new school year is the perfect time to help each student establish a unique identity that contributes to a classroom culture that will support their goals, objectives, and dreams.

This program, created by the award-winning curriculum specialists at Young Minds Inspired in cooperation with the Harlem Globetrotters and Heelys, will help students build self-esteem, supportive friendships, and teamwork.

Led by the Harlem Globetrotters, students will learn to celebrate differences, believe in their dreams, and roll with positive purpose.

As an added bonus, parents and guardians can enter a contest to win a visit from a Harlem Globetrotters star to their child’s school or a chance for their child to win their very own pair of Heelys!

How to Enter the This is How I Roll Content and Bring a Harlem Globetrotter to Your School

You can enter the contest by visiting the ‘This Is How I Roll’ Contest website . In 100 words or less say how you’ve seen your child or grandchild “roll” with positivity, how your child is unique, and what a Globetrotters school visit would mean to their child. Entries must be received by October 7, 2019.

Young Minds Inspired is proud to offer this innovative, engaging program.

As the nation’s leading provider of free educational outreach programs for learners of all ages, YMI has created more than 3,000 programs for schools, daycare centers, youth programs, sports programs, summer camps, public libraries, community centers, senior centers, and religious institutions.

YMI distributes its programs free of charge to members of the YMI Educator Network, which includes more than 2 million teachers at every public, private, and parochial school in the United States as well as schools in Canada and Latin America.

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Every YMI program is developed by curriculum experts and reviewed by members of an Educator Advisory Board, a blue-ribbon panel of active teachers who assure that YMI programs align with academic standards and meet practical classroom needs. 

The goal at Young Minds Inspired is to help educators create a dynamic learning experience in the classroom, with high-quality, up-to-date, interactive educational resources designed to inspire young minds.

Thanks go, of course, to the two great organizations partnering with YMI in this worthwhile initiative.

The Heelys vision is to inspire kids to be active, explore their freedom, unleash the fun, and be fearless.

For kids, Heelys aren’t just shoes. Heelys are a way to express themselves, push their own boundaries, and experience the world around them in a truly unique way.  

Harlem Globetrotters Break Down Cultural and Social Barriers

Throughout their history, the Harlem Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 120 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience.

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Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans—among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents.

The line-up has included some of the greatest players ever, including Wilt Chamberlain, Marques Haynes, Curly Neal, and Connie Hawkins, just to name a few, and they have appeared in their own movies and TV shows.

Today’s Harlem Globetrotters continue a world-famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry, and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages.

We’re proud of “This is How We Roll” and we hope teachers, parents, and students will enjoy the program and learn from the important lessons it offers. All children need our reassurance and reinforcement that they are unique individuals with so much to share.

They can learn to truly celebrate their unique talents as they learn to ‘roll’ with positivity!

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Dr. Dominic Kinsley, managing partner and Editor in Chief at YMI, has specialized in educational outreach for more than 30 years.

He has created award-winning programs for the National PTA, the Governors Highway Safety Association, the American Red Cross, the Ford Motor Company, PBS, and for the Academy Award-winning film, Schindler’s List. Dr. Kinsley has appeared as a spokesperson and panelist on national television and at symposia and educator conferences across the country.

He was formerly a member of the English Department faculty at Yale University, where he graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and received his Ph.D. degree.

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