CEO and Founder, Dr. Barbara Torre Veltri, an Associate Education Professor (Emerita) developed her unique “Teach with Sports” curriculum over 30 years ago, while teaching in a boy’s school in Greenwich, CT. During class, one student attempted a card trade for a future HOFer (Hall of Famer). She knew it wasn’t a fair trade and shared the rationale. Afterall, she learned the game from seasoned NY sports fans, when she accompanied her dad to the ballpark.
She wasn’t prepared for her student’s response:
“What did you have to put your two cents in for? And, besides “You’re a girl, what do you know about baseball?”
The next day she showed up ready to pitch… She taught all academic subjects through baseball for 12 years. Then she was invited to MLB’s NY offices. The former NL president asked, “How do we reach the kids?” Her immediate response:
“You reach the kids through their teachers.”
“Powerhitter®” seminars received high fives from audiences across the country hosted by Major League Baseball and MLB Teams: Braves, Mariners, Mets, Orioles, Phillies, Twins, All-Star Game Fan Fest; school districts, universities, academic conferences, ASCD (Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development), and the National Middle School Association. Manhattanville College and Arizona State University, (where she earned her doctoral degree) offered Powerhitter® Classroom: Teach with Baseball as a graduate level course.
Teachers asked for more. Student math/literacy materials were developed that enhanced summer, after-school, and classroom teaching - especially during Baseball’s Playoffs and World Series. Then, Football and Basketball-themed materials were added to the product roster!
The kid-friendly team of Sportsballkids®, trademarked characters (with baseball, football, basketball, soccer, or softball faces), appears on products, student materials, and instructional media and offers a motivational assist!
Our unique Game Plan focuses on leading and learning through sports-themed content and programs. We encourage learners to think, reason, communicate, team-build, and have fun as we all work towards our personal best! The Sportsballkids® might just be kid-friendly ambassadors for global sports.
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