Cavs Team Up with Time Warner Cable to Demonstrate the Science Behind the Sport

Tyler Zeller Exhibits Physics of Slam Dunk and Dynamics of Defense to Local Students
as Part of Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds STEM in Sports Campaign

CLEVELAND, OH – On Tuesday, October 29th, 65 lucky local-area students had an opportunity to learn some of the secrets to the Cavs’ Tyler Zeller’s on-court success – many which are directly related to the science behind the sport. Zeller demonstrated the physics of a slam dunk; the dynamics behind the defense; gyroscopic stability; and the science behind the bounce pass to an enthusiastic audience of middle schoolers. The program was part of the Time Warner Cable (TWC) Connect a Million Minds STEM in Sports campaign. The national campaign is intended to inspire kids to learn about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through the sports they love.

Great Lake’s Science Center’s Dante Centuori complemented Zeller’s on-the-court exhibition, explaining the important scientific principles that come into play during a basketball game. The kids also had an opportunity to hit the hardwood and put into practice all they had learned.

“Time Warner Cable, through its Connect a Million Minds program, is firmly committed to inspiring young people to become the next generation of problem solvers by connecting them to the wonders of STEM,” explained John Higgins, Area Vice President of Operations for Time Warner Cable in Northeast Ohio. “We are thrilled to be teaming up with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Great Lakes Science Center to truly bring our STEM in Sports program to life and help transform kids’ love of sports into a passion for math and science.”

“I was happy to be a part of Time Warner Cable’s STEM in Sports program and have had a great day with the kids,” noted Zeller. “This campaign offers a great way for parents, coaches and teachers to use sports to get kids excited about subjects so important for their success.”

Time Warner Cable’s (TWC) Connect a Million Minds (CAMM) is a five-year, $100 million philanthropic initiative to address America’s declining proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Visit to view videos of athletes discussing how STEM subjects impact their sports performance and access educational materials that provide parents and coaches fun ideas to infuse STEM learning into sports.