What a better place to celebrate your Sports Buddies than courtside.
More than 55 matches of Bigs and Littles from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado took part in a basketball skills event last month with two Denver Nuggets players in honor of National Mentoring Month.
Nuggets shooting guard Malik Beasley and point guard Jamal Murray joined Nuggets Community Ambassadors and officers from the Denver Police Department in a basketball clinic at Moorhead Recreation Center in Aurora, CO. The event, sponsored by Western Union, gave the BBBS Sports Buddies the opportunity to perfect their dribble, three-pointer skills, hang out with professional players and much more. It gave them the opportunity to feel like All-Stars.
Sports Buddies is one of the several mentoring programs offered by BBBS. Program activities are designed to strengthen mentoring relationships while instilling self-confidence, goal setting, collaboration, skill development and healthy lifestyles.
The Sports Buddies Mentoring Program provides mentoring for kids often facing adversity. It also provides an opportunity for kids from low-income families to experience participatory and spectator sports. Many of them do not always have the chance to join sports teams or participate in the wide variety of athletics available to them through Sports Buddies.
Scott Reiman spent several years acting as a mentor for kids through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. He agrees that positive relationships with adult mentors can prove to be one of the most fundamental elements of success later in life.
Construction has began on an $18 million expansion project at Discovery World in downtown Milwaukee.
The science and technology center’s 20,000 square foot expansion project is funded entirely by private donations. The largest donation is from the Reiman Foundation’s founders Roy and Bobbi Reiman.
The expansion includes a new pavilion that will be used year-round for special events along with converting one of the museum’s two theaters into a new entrance and exhibit gallery. There will also be a new Technology Wing with two new permanent exhibits highlighting public health, medical research, health care careers and more.
This additional space will allow more visitors including students and local schools to explore more hands-on exhibits and experiences geared towards the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.
Discovery World is also home to the Reiman Aquarium where visitors explore underwater worlds and creatures from the Great Lakes, the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.
Support for non-profits like Discovery World is at the heart of the Reiman Foundation’s mission. The Foundation and its CEO Scott Reiman, continue to provide significant support to hundreds of non-profit, charitable and civic initiatives throughout Milwaukee, Denver and across the United States.
This year’s luncheon hosted over 1,000 students from Denver public schools and surrounding districts and awarded over $118,000 in scholarships.
To date the John Lynch Foundation has awarded $1.1 million in scholarships to over 169 student-athletes to recognize their hard work as well as provide support and motivation to succeed in the next chapter of their lives.
New Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph was this year’s featured speaker. He told students that success takes hard work. He said to always have high expectations and while success may be and look different for everyone, it’s important to never give up.
Imagine a tool that offers schools and its teachers insight into everything they care about with their students while providing them with more time in the classroom. Denver-based Schoolrunner does just that.
This all-in-one student data system allows educators to track grades, academic standards, attendance, behavior and family contact information. It integrates with the school’s existing Student Information System (SIS) and provides resources to help with analysis of the collected data through graphs, pivot tables and dashboards. Teachers can also set up logins for students so they can track their own progress.
Launched in 2012, Schoolrunner focuses on helping schools foster strong communities centered on actionable data. Currently, the platform serves more than 50,000 students in 50-100 schools around the country.
The program is supported by the Colorado Impact Fund, which encourages local community involvement through Colorado companies.
The Reiman Foundation and Hexagon, Inc. supports the Fund and programs like Schoolrunner that aim to provide educators with the tools they need to better serve students in their classroom room and improve student success.
“By providing educators with the tools they need to create the best possible classroom experience, RAFT is helping to shape the next generation of Colorado leaders,” said Reiman Foundation CEO Scott Reiman. “I love that RAFT gives teachers the resources necessary to be successful.”
RAFT Colorado connects thousands of teachers from around the state with affordable materials and opportunities for professional development. These resources are designed to help teachers provide creative, inspiring and innovative educational and classroom experiences for all of Colorado’s kids.