Memphis Grizzlies launch ‘Grizz Goes Back to School’ Campaign

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Press Release) — As part of their annual ‘Grizz Goes Back to School’ Campaign, the Memphis Grizzlies will be hosting multiple events within the Mid-South community from Sept. 21 – 25.

This week is designed to reinforce the importance of education, assist teachers in the classroom and encourage all students to start the new school year off right and strive to be their very best.

Memphis Grizzlies staff and special guests will make appearances at events throughout the week.

Grizz Fuel

WHO: Grizzlies Team Chef, GrizzFit Coaches, Grizzlies Prep Students

WHAT: Grizz Fuel promoting healthy living through proper nutrition

WHEN: Monday, September 21 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Virtually on Zoom

NOTES: Grizz Fuel promotes healthy living and lifestyles; with hands-on learning on how to prepare and cook healthy and affordable foods. Stephen McAfee, Grizzlies Team Chef will demonstrate how to prepare three different healthy snacks. Students will pick up the ingredients and supplies at Grizzlies Prep prior to the event. Following the cooking portion, GrizzFit Coaches will teach a full body workout.

Read to Achieve Virtual Classroom Visit

WHO: Belle Forest Community School Students, Grizzlies and International Paper Employees

WHAT: Motivating students to engage their education by reading

WHEN: Tuesday, September 22 from 2:15 – 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Virtually on Microsoft Teams

NOTES: The Grizzlies Read to Achieve program, presented by International Paper in association with KPMG, is an incentive-driven program that motivates students to develop a life-long love for reading and promotes the value of literacy. Grizzlies employees and IP volunteers will read books to students. Following the reading, students will be eligible to win Grizzlies prizes with a Q&A.

BizTown Renovation Days 1 & 2

WHO: Grizzlies employee volunteers

WHAT: BizTown Room Renovation

WHEN: Wednesday, September 23 and Thursday, September 24 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

WHERE: Junior Achievement Building

NOTES: Jr. Achievement BizTown is a financial literacy program that helps students connect the dots between classroom learning, and implementing it into everyday life. BizTown combines in-class training with visits to a fully interactive simulated town facility where students have to manage the town accordingly. Biztown helps students connect the dots between what they learn in school and the real world. Through the experiential learning process, students are actively engaged in posing questions, investigating, expressing curiosity, solving problems and assuming responsibility. Grizzlies employees will be revamping their Biztown storefront over the course of two days.

Math Hoops

WHO: Gordon Achievement Academy Students

WHAT: Using the game of basketball to help teach kids math and problem solving

WHEN: Friday, September 25 from 12:30 – 1:15 p.m.

WHERE: Virtually on Microsoft Teams

NOTES: Math Hoops is a comprehensive community program, featuring a basketball board game, mobile app, and curriculum, that allows students to learn fundamental math skills through the game of basketball. The Grizzlies will host students from Gordon Achievement Academy. Coach Calvin, Chief Academic Officer at Learn Fresh will walk the students through various NBA Math Breaks and give them a sneak peek at the new Math Hoops virtual board game. At the end of the session, students will receive a special surprise.

rePRESENT Every Day

WHO: Memphis Grizzlies, Shelby County Schools

WHAT: Incentive-based truancy reduction program designed to help keep youth in school and engaged in the classroom

WHEN: 2020-21 school year

WHERE: Five Shelby County Schools

NOTES: rePRESENT Every Day, presented by Delta Dental of Tennessee is an incentive-based truancy reduction program designed to help keep youth in school and engaged in the classroom. This program was created due to chronic absenteeism within numerous schools in Shelby County. With school looking different this year we especially want to encourage students to continue being engaged in the classroom. The Grizzlies will be tipping off this program with the release of a PSA video reminding students to continue to go to school and be engaged in the classroom despite the circumstances. Students that show up to class everyday will have the opportunity to win prizes.