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Pargo, Bulls help launch HP Digital Assist education grant competition

Bulls guard helps tip-off education grant competition at Orozco Academy providing Chicago Public Schools a chance to win more than $80,000 in HP Technology

Pargo, Bulls and NBA help launch
HP Digital Assist education grant competition



Pargo, Bulls help launch HP Digital Assist education grant competition Bulls guard Jannero Pargo joined HP, the National Basketball Association and the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday to tip off the HP Digital Assist education grant competition.


September 16, 2009 - HP, the National Basketball Association and the Chicago Bulls tipped off the HP Digital Assist education grant competition on Tuesday. HP executives were joined by Jannero Pargo at Orozco Community Academy in Chicago to help tip-off the contest, which runs through Nov. 20. More than 5,000 students from approximately 100 selected Title 1 middle schools in Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Miami, San Francisco Bay Area, and Washington, D.C. will compete for more than $450,000 in HP mobile digital classroom technology, NBA tickets and merchandise, visits from NBA stars, and other awards.

The competition invites student teams to create projects that make classroom concepts real and relevant to the outside world by engaging students through the power of technology and the excitement of NBA basketball. In addition to enhancing learning, these projects will allow students to demonstrate how they learn best and – through a public competition Web site at www.hpdigitalassist.com – enable other students and teachers to benefit as well. HP and NBA Cares are working with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), which will provide learning kits and judging rubrics for the competition and professional development for the winning schools.

“HP is committed to collaborating with educators and exploring the exciting possibilities that exist at the intersection of teaching, learning and technology. We are pleased to combine a shared interest with the NBA in improving education with our long-standing relationship with ISTE to integrate technology and instruction effectively into the classroom,” said Vice President of Corporate Marketing, HP Americas, Engelina Jaspers. “We are proud to launch the HP Digital Assist grant program and help foster excitement about learning while providing technology and resources to underserved public schools that have a critical need for resources.”

HP Digital Assist is a component of HP and NBA Cares’ ongoing efforts to improve student academic success in vital subjects including math, science and reading which will create engaging opportunities to both learn and teach while encouraging creativity.

“HP Digital Assist is a great complement to our education and outreach efforts,” said Kathy Behrens, NBA Executive Vice President, Social Responsibility & Player Programs. “Allowing students to combine their passion for basketball with advanced technology is a great way to tap into their creativity and help them to achieve their potential.”

Participating schools will each receive two HP Tablet PCs and an HP PhotoSmart All-in-One Printer with which student teams will develop sports or basketball-themed digital media projects that demonstrate their knowledge of math, science, or reading.

HP, NBA Cares, team representatives and education experts from ISTE will announce the six regional winners of the HP mobile digital classroom grants including HP Tablet PCs, mobile storage cart, wireless and printing technology and teacher professional development in December 2009.


Pargo, Bulls help launch HP Digital Assist education grant competition HP executives were joined by Jannero Pargo at Orozco Community Academy in Chicago to help tip-off the contest, which runs through Nov. 20. More than 5,000 students from approximately 100 selected Title 1 middle schools in Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Miami, San Francisco Bay Area, and Washington, D.C. will compete for more than $450,000 in HP mobile digital classroom technology, NBA tickets and merchandise, visits from NBA stars, and other awards.