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Careers that Count: A Virtual Field Trip with the NBA

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The Game Plan


  • Join host Miles Brown (star of ABC's Black-ish) inside the NBA's headquarters in New York City for conversations with some NBA team members who are using math every day.

  • Travel with Miles to the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club in Brooklyn, NY, where Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will show Miles how he uses math to make quick, game-time decisions. Rondae will flash some skills on the court in a timed shooting drill, where your students will have the chance to use a basic math equation to calculate points per shot.

  • From there, go join Miles at Madison Square Garden, where he chats with several NBA players and meets with the Knick's Basketball Database Analyst, Zain Jafri.

  • In this action-packed 30-minute virtual field trip, your students will learn about how NBA staff use problems worth solving every day to improve the game of basketball.


Key Players


Host: Miles Brown
Actor, ABC's Black-ish
Jr. NBA Advisory Council Member

Kiki VanDeWeghe
Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations,
National Basketball Association

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
Small Forward / Shooting Guard,
Brooklyn Nets

Doris Daif
Senior Vice President of Customer Data Strategy,
National Basketball Association

Hao Meng
Director of Basketball Strategy,
National Basketball Association

Zain Jafri
Database Analyst,
New York Knicks


Student Outcomes


During this 30-minute program, students will:

  • Learn about exciting, real-world math careers specifically within the National Basketball Association.
  • Hear from NBA professionals about how they put their math skills to work every day.
  • Learn how to calculate points per shot based on an on-court demonstration.


Did You Know?

Did you know...

Wilt Chamberlain set the single-game scoring record in the National Basketball Association by scoring 100 points for the Philadelphia Warriors in a 169-147 win over the New York Knicks on March 2, 1962, at Hershey Sports Arena in Hershey, Pennsylvania.



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