November 19, 2010 > Grand Slam Math Challenge
Grand Slam Math Challenge
Submitted By Andrea Hurst
Photos By courtesy of TiViTz
The $100 Million Grand Slam Math Challenge, presented by online and board game TiViTz, was recently announced by Ripken Baseball. The six-month challenge is for all K-12 students in the U.S. to play Baseball TiViTz online at www.tivitz.com with the grand prize awarded to the state with the most online games played per capita.
"As a kid, math was my favorite subject and all we had back then were books and blackboards," said Cal Ripken, Jr., baseball's all-time 'Iron Man' and most notably one of only eight players in history to achieve 400 home runs and 3,000 hits. In 1995, Ripken broke Lou Gehrig's record for consecutive games played (2,130) and voluntarily ended his streak on September 20, 1998 after playing 2,632 consecutive games. He retired from baseball in October, 2001 after 21 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles and in 2007 was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
"TiViTz is a new, very fun way for kids to improve their math skills through an Internet-based game," added Ripken. "Using baseball as a hook to keep kids interested in math, we have developed the Grand Slam Math Challenge that will have states competing against each other for some great prizes. Our hope is that the by-product of all of this will be more kids interested in math, and improved math skills."
The Ripken Baseball Grand Slam Math Challenge will run from now until May 15, 2011. To play the game and for a set of complete rules, go to: www.tivitz.com.