Longwood Foundation Catalyzes Learn Fresh's NBA Math Hoops Expansion in Delaware

In a collaborative endeavor to reshape the landscape of STEM education and academic achievement for students, Learn Fresh proudly acknowledges the pivotal partnership forged in 2023 with the Longwood Foundation. With their generous commitment of $350,000 over two years, the Longwood Foundation has been instrumental in propelling the expansion of our NBA Math Hoops program across Delaware.

The Longwood Foundation is a leading philanthropic organization committed to catalyzing positive change and fostering community development across Delaware. With a focus on education, health, the arts, and human services, the foundation seeks to address systemic challenges and empower individuals and communities to thrive.

At Learn Fresh, we recognize the urgent need to address the widening opportunity and achievement gaps in mathematics and social-emotional learning, particularly among students in grades 4-8. Our partnership with the Longwood Foundation has enabled us to amplify our efforts to combat this critical issue for students in Delaware.

The significance of the Longwood Foundation's investment becomes apparent when considering the alarming statistics regarding math proficiency among Delaware's students. According to the latest standardized test results from the Delaware Department of Education, only 30 percent of students in grades 3-8 demonstrated proficiency in math—a decline from 44 percent in 2017. These statistics underscore the critical need for innovative supplemental programs like NBA Math Hoops to bridge the educational gap and empower students for success.

Longwood’s transformative contribution has enabled us to scale our program across the state of Delaware, with a goal to reach 10,000 students by the completion of the 2024-25 school year. Additionally, this partnership has facilitated the hiring of a Learn Fresh Regional Coordinator based in New Castle county, who is instrumental in providing training, support, and coordination for our programs across the region.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Longwood Foundation for their unwavering commitment to education and their belief in the power of innovative programs like NBA Math Hoops to effect positive change. It is through meaningful partnerships like this that Learn Fresh can innovate, develop curriculum, and train educators effectively. Ultimately, allowing us to broaden our impact and make a tangible difference in communities, driving positive change. Together, we are empowering the next generation of leaders, thinkers, and problem solvers, paving the way for a brighter future for all.