Gaucho Basketball to Salute 'Mathletes' at Saturday Game Against Cal State Fullerton

Jan. 5, 2009

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - On Saturday, Jan. 10, the UC Santa Barbara Men's Basketball team will honor its newest teammates: 150 third grade students from the Goleta community. The students have completed the UCSB Men's Basketball Mathlete Program and will be recognized for their accomplishments at the game against Cal State Fullerton. The Mathlete Program is part of the "Gauchos Give" community outreach initiative.

On December 15th, men's basketball players visited third grade classrooms and taught a brief math lesson. The athletes discussed how they use the math skills they learned in third grade every day to do what they love: play basketball. After conducting a math lesson, the students completed a sports related math exercise on their own, which was then reviewed and corrected by the athletes. The goal of the program is to emphasize the importance of education and its relevance in every day life.

The Gauchos also set aside some time to answer questions, giving the students a chance to get to know them on a more personal level. The most popular question - "How tall are you?!"

Since its inception two years ago, the program has successfully grown to include six third grade classes from three different Goleta elementary schools.

The game between the Gauchos and Titans will tip-off at the Thunderdome at 7:00 p.m. The UCSB Mathletes will be recognized on the court at halftime. Tickets for the game are available at the Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus, by calling 805-893-UCSB or on-line by clicking here.