FORT MYERS, Fla. – Made possible thanks to the support of Bank of America, the FGCU Department of Athletics has taken its EAGLE MATH program to 30 different schools in Lee and Collier counties in Southwest Florida since the start of the new year.
With help from current FGCU student-athletes and coaches focusing on why math is both important and fun in life and in athletics, more than 3,000 second graders are participating in EAGLE MATH.
“Bank of America is a partner with Florida Gulf Coast University Athletics’ with the Eagle Math program. Our Foundation has a commitment to youth and education initiatives, and we think this program and this year’s enhancements with Family Day festivities are great way to partner with the community and FGCU,” said Gerri Moll, Southwest Florida President. “Teachable moments are available to these students through the FGCU student athletes and coaches working with them on the Eagle Math workbook. New learning opportunities are provided with this program to a cross section of second graders that as a part of Eagle Math may visit a University setting for the first time in their lives. We value providing that opportunity and the creative partnerships between business and educators to impact the future of these children.”
As a reward for participating in the program, second graders and a companion adult receive a free ticket to attend FGCU’s men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader on Feb. 11 against Belmont University. The students who participated will be honored at halftime of the men’s contest which tips at 5:15 p.m.
The afternoon will begin with “Family Fun Day” adjacent to Alico Arena that will feature inflatables, games for kids all ages, and food donated by Jason’s Deli, Dominos, Moe’s and Tropical Smoothie beginning at 3:30 p.m. Fans and children with a ticket to the doubleheader can get into the “Family Fun Day.” The FGCU ticket office will open early at 2:30 p.m. Community mascots will also help FGCU mascot Azul celebrate his birthday throughout both games.
EAGLE MATH features a work book with 69 problems divided into two sections. The book is designed with story problems that feature FGCU student-athletes and coaches as word problem characters. The book was designed and created at FGCU.
FGCU Athletics worked with the Superintendants Office at each school district to confirm the classrooms, coordinate with the second grade teachers and have the booklets delivered so the EAGLE MATH program is part of the math class plan at these schools.