VSHF Education Programs Hit the Road !
With the new changes at the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, our Education Department—with support from our Education Foundation—is hitting the road with the mission to bring innovative thinking and practical, hands-on learning to classrooms across Virginia. For the last several years, the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame has provided outreach and enrichment services to teachers and students across the Commonwealth of Virginia that have challenged and engaged students with out-of-the-box thinking and practicality
Working in partnership with schools and teachers in the surrounding areas, our Education Department has created a broad range of classroom curriculum resources and programs which have enhanced the classroom experience for over 15,000 students last year alone
We use sports to
stimulate students’ interest in science, technology
art & math
Using sports as the vehicle to drive our mission, we show students how and why lessons learned in the classroom are applied to everyday life. We demonstrate that sports go beyond skill, and how math and science play important roles in sports success.
The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame offers education programs for students of all ages! Our wide program selection ranges from Pre-Kindergarten to High School. These exciting programs align with the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) guidelines for specific grade levels.
Additionally, through our education programs, we stimulate students’ interests in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art, math (STEAM) as well as character development. Our teaching style is unique. We do not encourage passivity in the classroom. The majority of our education programs, especially our Math Academy, involve movement and physical activity.
While this style of teaching aligns with the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame’s overarching emphasis on sports and game-play while making learning fun for students, it also provides an important, and often overlooked, alternative to traditional learning.
Kinesthetic learning is exactly that alternative.
Why Kinesthetic Learning
Students are able to learn through physical activity and real life experience (Sims & Sims, 1995)
We embrace this style of learning, utilizing both physical movement and examples from the sports world to bolster learning retention among Pre-K to 12th grade students.
Certain students respond more readily to kinesthetic learning and retain material better from lessons in which they are active and moving. Our programs favor these learning preferences with fun, interactive lessons.
“Learners with kinesthetic preferences require whole body movement and real life experience to absorb and retain material to be learned. These people learn most easily when they are totally involved. Acting, puppetry, and drama are excellent examples of kinesthetic learning; others include building, designing, visiting, interviewing, and playing”.