Charlotte, NC – World Golf Champion Ian Poulter takes his golf clubs to the classroom and helps bring to life the science behind golf for members of the Milton Road and Belmont Avenue Boys and Girls Clubs. Boys and Girls Club members will learn how Poulter applies science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills daily on the golf course.
“On and off the course, science and math are a winning combination,” said Poulter. “The sports arena can provide a great venue for engaging youth. I’m personally committed to helping the next generation succeed and what better way to talk about STEM than through golf.”
Classroom lessons will include the physics, science and fun involved in golf, as well as the importance of spin, stance and club selection. Students will then have a private swing clinic with Ian and Time Warner Cable volunteers to apply what they learned in the classroom.
Time Warner Cable recently launched a new segment of its Connect a Million Minds initiative, a $100 million commitment to inspire the next generation of problem solvers by connecting young people to the wonders of STEM. The new “STEM in Sports” campaign will offer parents, coaches and other adults the opportunity to get kids interested in STEM by highlighting the roles these subjects play in sports.
“When students are asked what they want to be when they grow up, inevitably you will hear, ‘professional athlete,’” said Mike Smith, area vice president of operations, Time Warner Cable, Charlotte. “The STEM in Sports campaign capitalizes on the popularity of sports while showing students how STEM learnings can be an integral part of everything we do. We are thrilled to be able to have Ian Poulter demonstrate how he uses STEM everyday on the golf course.”
The event will be filmed for inclusion on the STEM in Sports microsite on the connectamillionminds.com website. The microsite will feature videos of athletes discussing how STEM subjects impact their sports. It will also have downloadable educational materials that provide parents and coaches with ideas on how to infuse STEM learning into sports. In addition to Poulter, athletes that have agreed to participate in the STEM in Sports campaign include Victor Cruz, Kasey Kahne and Jeff Gordon.
The STEM in sports golf clinic will take place on April 30, 2013, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Carmel Country Club, 4735 Carmel Road, Charlotte, NC 28226. Interviews are available upon request.
About Connect a Million Minds
Time Warner Cable’s (TWC) Connect a Million Minds (CAMM) is a five-year, $100 million philanthropic initiative to address America’s declining proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Using its media assets, TWC creates awareness of the issue and inspires students to develop the STEM skills they need to become the problem solvers of tomorrow. Program highlights include: original PSAs that challenge public perceptions of STEM; a unique website where the public can pledge to connect young people with the wonders of science; “The Connectory”, an online resource for parents to find informal STEM learning opportunities in their communities; grants to non-profit organizations that bring after-school STEM learning to students; TWC employees, over 50,000 strong, who volunteer their time at events like science fairs and robotics competitions. National partners include CSAS (Coalition for Science After School) and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). Local TWC markets are activating CAMM across the country with community-specific programs and partnerships. To find out more and to take the CAMM pledge, visit www.connectamillionminds.com.
About Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) is among the largest providers of video, high‐speed data and voice services in the United States, connecting more than 15 million customers to entertainment, information and each other. Time Warner Cable Business Class offers data, video and voice services to businesses of all sizes, cell tower backhaul services to wireless carriers and, through its NaviSite subsidiary, managed and outsourced information technology solutions and cloud services. Time Warner Cable Media, the advertising arm of Time Warner Cable, offers national, regional and local companies innovative advertising solutions. More information about the services of Time Warner Cable is available at www.timewarnercable.com, www.twcbc.com, www.navisite.com, and www.twcmedia.com.