Learn Fresh Podcast

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Can professional sports inspire student learning and social impact? How can sports organizations leverage data to evaluate community outcomes? Do professional athletes and leagues have a responsibility to the community? In today’s episode, Nick and Calvin welcome Sacramento Kings star Harrison Barnes, a leading activist in the NBA community, and Kirk Walters, Director of Math Research at WestEd. The group discusses the links between sports and education, and explores the powerful platform athletes have to drive change and progress in their communities.

Show Notes

Can professional sports inspire student learning and social impact? How can sports organizations leverage data to evaluate community outcomes? Do professional athletes and leagues have a responsibility to the community? In today’s episode, Nick and Calvin welcome Sacramento Kings star Harrison Barnes, a leading activist in the NBA community, and Kirk Walters, Director of Math Research at WestEd. The group discusses the links between sports and education, and explores the powerful platform athletes have to drive change and progress in their communities.

Sources for this episode include:

2019-20 End-of-Season Community Assist Award: Harrison Barnes 


WNBA Announces A 2020 Season Dedicated To Social Justice

NBA details All-Star support for HBCUs, communities impacted by COVID-19

More than $3M to be donated in initial support as part of NBA All-Star 2021

Colin Kaepernick kneeling timeline: How protests during the national anthem started a movement in the NFL

The WNBA’s Black Lives Matter Protest Has Set a New Standard for Sports Activism

The WNBA Made the NBA Strike Possible

‘Black Lives Matter, people’: How the NBA’s social justice efforts dominated the season

At the W.N.B.A., the Fight for Racial Justice Goes Way Back

Harrison Barnes’ approval ratings through the roof

For Harrison Barnes, the Desire to Make a Difference Is Unceasing

Harrison and Brittany Barnes focusing on change inside and outside of NBA bubble

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What is Learn Fresh Podcast?

Join Nick Monzi and Calvin Sibert of Learn Fresh as they explore fundamental issues impacting education today. Sibert (aka "The Game Changer of Education") and Monzi discuss topics including racial and gender equity, innovative learning models, cross-sector collaboration in education, and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the education landscape. Along the way, they will be joined by guests from across education who will share their perspectives!