Sportsometry
101 Whitney Ave.
New Haven CT 06510-1256
Contact Information
Address 101 Whitney Ave.
New Haven, CT 06510-1256
Telephone (203) 777-7575 x
Fax 203-292-8799
E-mail annick@sportsometry.org
Web and Social Media
Mission
Sportsometry is an educational research and enrichment program that aims to improve students' cognitive reasoning and spatial abilities.  It works by utilizing athletics to help students to develop math and science skills while enhancing their athletic abilities and confidence.  
 Sportsometry's goals are to:
1. Improve students' math, science, and athletic interests and skills
2. Improve students' spatial intelligence abilities
3. Improve students' abilities to work both independently and as part of a team
4. Improve students' problem solving abilities
5. Expose students to various sports and be able to perform at a certain level
6. Continuously improve and grow as an organization, expanding and reaching as many students as operationally possible
 
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2004
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Annie Ackerman
Board Chair Annick Winokur
Board Chair Company Affiliation Sportsometry, Inc.
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission
Sportsometry is an educational research and enrichment program that aims to improve students' cognitive reasoning and spatial abilities.  It works by utilizing athletics to help students to develop math and science skills while enhancing their athletic abilities and confidence.  
 Sportsometry's goals are to:
1. Improve students' math, science, and athletic interests and skills
2. Improve students' spatial intelligence abilities
3. Improve students' abilities to work both independently and as part of a team
4. Improve students' problem solving abilities
5. Expose students to various sports and be able to perform at a certain level
6. Continuously improve and grow as an organization, expanding and reaching as many students as operationally possible
 
Background

An eye exam in her late twenties showed Annick that she had an absence of peripheral vision in a specific area. As she considered how she compensates when playing various sports, despite the ability to utilize this small but crucial visual space, she began to investigate the relationship between sports, geometry and physics. These are all necessary and interrelated skills, both while playing sports and in the classroom. The concept of Sportsometry originated in 2004 with six founding board members. Sportsometry incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 2004, and now has nine board members.

In 2005, Sportsometry began with a summer camp named GEAR UP, a math enrichment program supported by the City of New Haven. Since then we have worked with students from after-school enrichment programs, churches, and various youth service agencies. 

Sportsometry works with students between second grade and high school. Sportsometry aligns our lessons with grade appropriate Common Core and Next Generation Science learning standards. 
 

Sportsometry earned its Service Mark in 2009 under the name “Sportsometry”. This prevents anyone from using the Sportsometry name either on the internet or in the classroom without Sportsometry’s approval. Our program design and lesson plans are protected by copyright and licenses. We also earned our Service Marks for our logo and slogan “Partnering Math, Science and Athletics” in 2010.

Impact

Unfortunately physical education is no longer a standard part of many schools’ curricula. Sportsometry® not only illustrates the relationship between mathematics and sports, but also puts physical education back into a student’s daily routine. As we also know, athletics programs help to maintain student fitness and health, as well as strengthen relationships and conflict resolution skills among students.

There are several accomplishments Sportsometry is proud of:
1. Sportsometry has now served over 1,000 students since its inception in 2005 at over twenty sites.  These sites and agencies include Wintergreen Interdistrict Magnet School, the Norwalk Housing Authority, Gengras Center, LEAP New Haven (YES Program and LIT Program), Amistad High School, Amistad Middle School, Achievement First Bridgeport Academy (AFBA), Your Place Youth Center (Youth Group and Teen Group), Christian Community Action, Christian Tabernacle Baptist Church, New Horizons, Job Corps, West Rock STREAM Academy, Harris and Tucker, Hope Family Clinical Services, HOPE for New Haven and Cathedral of Higher Praise.  
2. Our current Executive Director Annie Ackerman has been with Sportsometry since 2011. Many of our teaching staff have been with us since 2015, which is notable because they are either students or have other full time jobs.  This illustrates their commitment to the teaching model, the students, and the program. 
3. In 2017-2018 we have earned our first grants, one from The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, and one from the NewAlliance Foundation.
4. Sportsometry uses research to strengthen our teaching model, and has done so since its inception.  This includes pre- and post- testing of students and control groups before and after the arranged programming (approximately ten weeks).  In addition, before each concept is covered, a 1-2 question pre-test is administered to see where the students are in understanding this material.  This is particularly helpful when working with after school programs where students come from various schools.  After the material is taught over two sessions a 1-2 question post-test is administered to see if students' comprehension and application of the material has improved.  This allows us to evaluate the success of our teaching method over each topic and over the entire ten weeks. 
5. In 2017, Fox 61 ran a news story about Sportsometry, explaining the program and the impact it has on each student and how Sportsometry is a successful educational tool.  View the link below:
http://fox61.com/2016/07/27/using-sports-to-teach-kids-math-and-science-in-new-haven/ 
Needs
Although we have remained within our budget every year, that has been the result of a small group of generous donors.  We had a small fundraiser in 2012 that was not successful because we have a small Board, many of whom are people who are not capable of making large donations.  We work with organizations with small numbers of students that receive very little funding from sources outside of the State of Connecticut.  We are in the process of speaking with others in our community to build our Board to include others involved directly in the New Haven community.
 
Another challenge is that although our program has proven to be successful via research and continued interest, attendance is not required by the schools or organizations as it is part of camp or an after-school program.  Thus, the students do not always have the chance to benefit from consistent instruction.  We address these academic challenges by performing  pre- and post- testing before and after the material is covered.  The 2-3 question pre-test allows us to see where the students are academically with the material, and  the 2-3 question post-test allows us to see what the students have gained from the session.  However, if the students has not attended a session it is challenging to track student improvement on both a pre- and post-test material.  The Sportsometry Board is also working with the Yale School of Management Social Impact Consulting Club to begin steps towards licensing the Sportsometry program to other sites.  With their research data (pre- and post-testing, student attendance, control group testing) we will be able to see if Sportsometry can be taught by others and if it is successful.
CEO Statement
I am the Founder, Board Chair and President of Sportsometry.  I earned my B.S. in Cognitive Studies from Vanderbilt University (1996).  After I graduated from Vanderbilt I became a graduate student at the Yale School of Nursing which allowed me to develop a further understanding of nursing and its applicability to medical research. 
 
I had the good fortune to pursue research opportunities to work alongside doctors and scientists, such as T. Berry Brazelton, M.D., founder of the Touchpoints Project at Harvard/Boston Children’s Hospital, and research with Robert Sternberg, Ph.D. at Yale University, author of several books on psychology and education, as well as others in the New York/CT area.  I was also co-author of a paper published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology (2006), “Self-Criticism and Depressive Symptomatology Interact to Predict Middle School Academic Achievement.”  I was asked to join a panel as part of the Child Neurology Foundation to represent patients with neurological issues.  We co-authored an article that appeared in Neurology (2016), "The Neurologist's Role in Supporting Transition to Adult-Care: A Consensus Statement."
 
 As you see from the mission and impact statements of Sportsometry, cognition and neurology are a crucial part of my background and understanding.  There are multiple ways of learning.  In addition, physical education is not consistently part of the school day as it once was.  My hope is that students can use physical fitness to better understand that our bodies can be used to master educational material of all types.   
 
Board Chair Statement

When Sportsometry came to mind back in 2004, it was just an idea.  I initially named it Squashometry, because I wondered with my visual field issues how I could play squash despite the seconds where I lost track of the ball.  But, as with many sports, the game is basically geometry.  After a while, if your opponent hits a squash ball in an expected pattern (even if you don't get there in time), you will be able to predict where the ball will land.  The same is true in basketball-- if your teammate throws a bounce pass to one of your teammates, you will be able to predict where the ball is going, and whether or not the angle between you and your teammate will lead to an acute or obtuse angle.  We often forget that students learn the answers to their own questions-- sometimes they just need to be pointed in the proper direction.  Sports are an ideal method for students to learn that skill.

 


 
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Education / Educational Services
Secondary Organization Category Youth Development / Youth Development Programs
Tertiary Organization Category Medical Research / Neurology & Neuroscience Research
Areas Served
New Haven
Sportsometry works only with inner-city New Haven students.
 
Sportometry has worked with Wintergreen Interdistrict Magnet School, LEAP, Amistad High School, ESUMS High School, ESUMS Middle School, Your Place Youth Center, New Horizons,  Job Corps., West Rock Author's Academy, Harris & Tucker, HOPE for New Haven, Booker T. Washington Academy and Kiddie Korner.  
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
Another unique aspect of Sportsometry is that it is also a research study.  As you will see in the impact statement, there is a continuous measurement of the teaching model and student understanding.  For more information, please go to the financial tab to review the attached data analysis and written summary we performed back in 2014.  A full data analysis will be completed again in 2018.  
Programs
Description

The grade-specific curriculum is guided by, but not limited to, the Connecticut Department of Education standards for math and science. Currently, the Connecticut Department of Education has adopted the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics and the Next Generation Science Standards. Sportsometry uses these mathematics and science standards as guidelines for our curriculum alignment. The Sportsometry curriculum has lessons for Beginner level students (2nd-4th grade), Intermediate level students (5th-6th grade), Middle school level students (7th-8th grade) and High School level students.

Each lesson is structured to the same basic outline: Introduction, visualization, academic class-time instruction, academic lesson extension (if applicable), transition to athletics, athletic activities, review and closing.

The academic class-time instruction is approximately 25 minutes long. During this part of the lesson, students will learn one or more math or science concepts. During this time, students may complete worksheets or in-class activities to reinforce what they are learning. Elements are incorporated based on research showing that if students are encouraged to draw or discuss what they see, their spatial intelligence skills will be challenged. If students have a strong grasp on the content, there is an extension that further expands the lesson, and thus challenges students.

The athletic portions of the lessons begin with the introduction of the sport being used, along with basic skill building. Following skills, students participate in a game, activity or competition, that incorporates the math or science concept that they learned in the classroom. The athletic portions of the lesson often finish with a “team challenge” in which students get to compete in a game or contest. The athletic portions of each lesson aim to increase the student’s academic potential and their athletic abilities through the sports played. It also teaches rules, skills, and proper techniques.

The complete program curriculum includes lesson plans incorporating nine sports: volleyball, basketball, tennis, wiffleball, bowling, track and field, frisbee, soccer and floor hockey.

The lesson plan follows basic guidelines for structure and design. Curriculum for each level, concept and sport follows these guidelines so that all lessons fit with the existing curriculum.

Population Served Minorities / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
Our staff is very committed to Sportsometry.  Throughout the whole year, 70% of hour staff has returned to work with our students.  In addition, we have partnered with the same sites unless the program has discontinued after-school or camp programming.  In addition, we partner with new sites on a continuous basis.
 
Description We use the same teaching model as we do during the academic year. Summer Camp Progamming runs for seven weeks during the summer.  Sportsometry works with approximately eight sites throughout the week.  We work with typically three sites a day and have about 10 instructors spread throughout the sites.  
Population Served Minorities / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Program Comments
CEO Comments
 
Student Testimonial Statements
"Sportsometry is a great after school program. One reason why I like Sportsometry is because we do math like area and perimeter and place value. Another reason why I like Sportsometry is because we play fun games in the gym!"
-Jaydyn, Grade 3
"Sportsometry is a great after school program. What we do in Sportsometry is develop our skills in math. We do multiplication, division, patterns-all with numbers and so much more! I've been going to Sportsometry for 3 years now and the stuff I learn there, I use in school every day! So, Sportsometry might sound fun when I explain it, but you should actually go!"
-Akira, Grade 4
Parent Statements
"I hope you'll provide programming again next year so our children can continue to progress in necessary skills."
"[My child's] math skills have gotten a lot better since being in the program."
"I feel [my child's] self confidence and belief in his abilities have greatly improved."
CEO/Executive Director
Annie Ackerman
Term Start May 2012
Email annie@sportsometry.org
Experience

Executive Director, Annie Ackerman

Annie Ackerman, the Executive Director, is responsible for leading the academic program, lesson writing and teaching, and coordinating with administrators at partner schools. Annie also helps with developing new sites.

Annie Ackerman graduated from Stonehill College in 2008 with a B.S. in Psychology and earned her M.S. in Human Services with a concentration in Clinical Counseling in 2012 from Post University.

Annie completed her graduate field placement internship with The Kennedy Center of Trumbull, CT at Bridgeport’s after-school “Lighthouse Program.” During her time there, she provided academic and social support services to at-risk and special needs students. 

Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 1
Number of Contract Staff 12
Staff Retention Rate 90%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Founder, CEO
Title Executive Director
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation No
Comments
CEO Comments
One of the reasons I have remained so committed to Sportsometry is that I see the effects it has on the students, both socially and academically.  Back in 2008 I was working with a girl who was eight years old.  We were discussing the social issues she faced in school, and she told me that when she got mad she liked to hit people.  I asked her, "What will happen ten years from now if you are still hitting people?"  She said, "I will go to jail."  I said, "Exactly.  So what do you want to do about it?"  By the end of the group of sessions, all of the kids made posters about what they had learned at Sportsometry.  I still have many in my office.  But hers said, "I will not go to jail" and she had drawn a picture of a girl standing in a prison cell.  I don't know where she is now, as we are not given the ability to follow the students once they move on from Sportsometry, but if that is what she gained from Sportsometry, I couldn't be happier.  
Board Chair
Annick Winokur
Company Affiliation Sportsometry, Inc.
Term Sept 2003 to Dec 2030
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Stephanie Burset MBAMars Ice Cream
Juan Figueroa JD
Serena Flaherty PNP
Rebecca Iannantuoni JDDay Pitney, LLP
Jean Mauro MBA, JDRetired
Janie Merkel Ph.D.Yale Dept. of Biology
Chawwadee Rompothong B.A.Yale Women's Golf Coach
John Taylor M.Ed.Booker T. Washington Academy, Executive Director
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 5
Unspecified 1
Risk Management Provisions
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Directors and Officers Policy
Professional Liability
Automobile Insurance
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Liquor Liability
Improper Sexual Conduct/Sexual Abuse
CEO Comments
Sportsometry is challenged because it has a small Board who, although they believe in the project, are not able to make a large financial commitment.  In addition, some of our Board members who were most connected to the community have moved.  Although we have a Board with a wide breadth of knowledge and education, one of our goals in the next 3 years is to build our Board with others in the community who are more familiar with the needs of New Haven schools and the New Haven nonprofit community.  
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 30 2019
Projected Revenue $124,700.00
Projected Expenses $127,364.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Documents
Form 990s
Form 9902017
Form 9902016
Form 9902015
Form 9902014
Other Documents
Other Documents 3
NameYear
Sportsometry 2018 Statistical Report2018View
Sportsometry Summary of Data2012View
Sportsometry Statistical Report2012View
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$51,123$45,856$46,452
Current Assets$24,796$44,032$19,131
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$51,123$45,856$46,452
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountCapricorn Management, LLC $87,000Capricorn Management $86,250Capricorn Management $34,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountThe Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $25,000The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $25,000The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $25,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
CEO Comments
Sportsometry works solely with inner city students in the New Haven area.  We request that each site make a small donation towards the cost of the program, to show their commitment to Sportsometry sessions.  However, no site is turned away for lack of funding, and if the site is unable to pay the fee is waived.  Most sites do not require attendance of their own programs, and therefore we are not guaranteed that students will attend the program on a regular basis.  However, it is the belief of the Board of Sportsometry that every student has the right to a safe environment to improve their academic and athletic abilities.  Sportsometry agrees in contract to provide one instructor per seven students. However, it is deemed necessary by the CEO and Executive Director that three instructors are necessary for seven students to provide a successful and safe academic and behavioral environment the extra instructors are paid by Sportsometry and the site assumes no additional cost. It costs approximately $2200 to teach ten sessions (typical for a once per week semester during the academic year, or 3-7 weeks during the summer depending on the number of sessions.)  This includes providing equipment, instructors and all teaching materials. 
 
In addition, if the Board Chair and Executive Director feel that additional instructors are needed to provide proper support to the students due to behavior or lack of understanding of the material, Sportsometry provides additional instructors at no cost to the site.  This can be as much as one instructor for every two students.  We do not take more than 15 students per session, but sessions have approximately 10 students.   
 
Foundation Staff Comments This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Some financial information from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved has been inputted by Foundation staff. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. A more complete picture of the organization’s finances can be obtained by viewing the attached 990s and audited financials. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.
Address 101 Whitney Ave.
New Haven, CT 065101256
Primary Phone 203 777-7575
Contact Email annick@sportsometry.org
CEO/Executive Director Annie Ackerman
Board Chair Annick Winokur
Board Chair Company Affiliation Sportsometry, Inc.

 

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