Approximately 50 middle-school-aged children from underserved communities in Racine took part in a three-day camp combining basketball and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning this week at the Helfaer Tennis Stadium & Recreation Center.
Marquette hosted the STEM & Sport Team Up Camp, a joint effort between SC Johnson and 4th Family Inc, that had campers participate in basketball drills, games and sports analytics using DIY technology and drills to replicate measurements collected at the NBA Rookie Combine. The camp is a culmination of a three-phase program that has impacted thousands of middle-school youth in Racine (SC Johnson’s global headquarters) and Chicago.
Campers heard from Marquette men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart and Golden Eagle players, as well as former WNBA star Ticha Penicheiro. Faculty from the Opus College of Engineering, College of Health Sciences and the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences joined in the afternoon to offer support and connect with campers during the program activities.