Last Updated: 24-September-2018
Combining Sports & STEAM – After School Programs
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Can sports help teach students about science, math, technology, even engineering? Now, there's an after-school program that uses golf and tennis to help kids grasp concepts.
TGA, the after school program that uses sports such as golf and tennis to teach students about science, math, technology, even engineering.
"We can do it in a field. We can do it in a gymnasium," said Kevin Connelly, Program Director, TGA Premier Golf & Tennis of South Nashville.
"Whether it be financially or space-wise, [schools] don't think that have the necessary tools to teach some of the sports, like golf and tennis. So that's where we come into play and can offer those partnerships with the schools," he said.
TGA stands for teach, grow and achieve.
"The age range is Kindergarten to fifth or sixth grade. So elementary school essentially," he said.
In partnership with the United States Golf and Tennis Associations, TGA has created an innovative school-based curriculum. They not only teach students the fundamentals of the games, but explain the physics of sports like tennis and golf, utilizing STEAM -- science, technology, engineering, arts and math.
Connelly said this fall they're in about 25 Nashville schools and hope to get more of them in the game.