Cavs Connect with Kids and Community

Players and coaches participated in four team outreach programs
that promote health and wellness, education and volunteerism
Mike Brown, Jamahl Mosley and Kyrie Irving host Fit As A Pro

During a five-game home stretch at The Q, the Wine & Gold took the opportunity to get out into the community to motivate, educate and volunteer! On Tuesday, January 21st and Thursday, January 23rd, Cavs players, coaches, support staff and volunteers participated in four of the team’s signature outreach programs that promote health and wellness, education and volunteerism.

Fit As A Pro to Encourage Youth to "Shoot" for the Stars

The beginning of the New Year is a perfect time to set goals, and Cavs Head Coach Mike Brown, assistant coach Jamahl Mosley and guard Kyrie Irving gave more than 30 sixth grade students from Mayfair Middle School some pointers on achieving their goals! As part of the Cavaliers’ Fit As A Pro program presented by Medical Mutual and Giant Eagle, the group discussed how important it is to dream big and stay focused on your goals. Then, students got “Fit As a Pro” with a mini skills clinic.

Cavs Tip Off Black Heritage Celebration with Annual Day of Service

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, players and staff participated in their annual Day of Service around the community. On Tuesday, January 21st, Alonzo Gee and Cavs support staff joined State Farm volunteers at the Cleveland Foodbank, where they packed boxes for families in need.

Cavs volunteers also spent time at the Cleveland Kids in Needs Resource Center to help to stock the store shelves with school supplies. Another stop was at the Kenneth Clement Boys Leadership Academy, where they help teachers with an afternoon activity during their advisory period.

These special events were a part of the Cavaliers’ Black Heritage Celebration, presented by State Farm. The annual Black Heritage Celebration celebrates the history and culture of influential African Americans, both past and present, who have made and continue to make a difference in our community.

Read to Achieve Spells Out the Recipe for Success

Nothing compliments a great story better than a delicious snack. On Thursday, January 23rd Cavs’ Anthony Bennett joined team chef Terry Bell and performance specialist Derek Millender at Cleveland Clinic Courts to read To Market To Market by Nikki McClur to a group of third grade students from STEM Academy of Warrensville Heights. To demonstrate how simple and fun healthy snacks can be, everyone then whipped up their very own healthy snack!

This event was part of the Cavaliers’ Read to Achieve program presented by Time Warner Cable and in association with Castaway Bay and Cuyahoga Community College.

Miles Gives Back Through NBA Math Hoops Program

Basketball and math…it just adds up! Cavs guard C.J. Miles is back again for a second NBA Math Hoops program. This time he was joined by more than 60 children from Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) to learn about the numbers behind basketball stats. The group played a life-size version of NBA Math Hoops, an educational game that applies fundamental math skills to competitive game play. Students answered math problems, and Miles took shots on various spots on the gym floor as students calculate his performance stats.

The Cavaliers are proud to be the first team in the league to have launched the NBA Math Hoops program in their neighborhood in October 2013.

About Fit As A Pro

The Cleveland Cavaliers Fit as a Pro program, presented by Medical Mutual and Giant Eagle, is a year-round initiative developed by the Cleveland Cavaliers to encourage physical fitness and well-balanced nutrition among children. The program is open to all elementary and middle school students, grades K-8, in Cuyahoga, Erie, Lorain, Summit, Medina, Portage, Geauga and Lake Counties.

About Read to Achieve

Read to Achieve, presented by Time Warner Cable and in association with Castaway Bay and Cuyahoga Community College, is a year-round campaign designed to help young people develop a life-long love for reading and encourage adults to read regularly with children. The program reaches thousands of elementary, middle and high school students in Northeast Ohio through reading time-outs, book drives and donations and the construction of Reading & Learning Centers.

About NBA Math Hoops

NBA Math Hoops is a fast-paced basketball board game in which students apply fundamental math skills to competitive game play, learning through direct engagement with the statistics of their favorite NBA and WNBA players. The Math Hoops curriculum is tied to Common Core State Standards, and is created and distributed by Learn Fresh Education Co., in association with NBA Cares. Learn Fresh works in conjunction with individual NBA teams and neighboring education partners to develop and grow local City Chapter Initiatives around the United States, with the first such initiative launching in partnership with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Northeast Ohio education community. The organization released a mobile app version of NBA Math Hoops in early November, free to download on all Android and iOS devices.

About the Black Heritage Celebration

The 10th Annual Black Heritage Celebration, presented By State Farm, pays tribute to African-American culture and achievement in recognition of Black History Month. This celebration begins in January and continues throughout February. For more information, visit