Foxborough, Mass. - Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) and the New England Patriots today kicked off "Science of Sports," a new youth outreach and mentoring program that will use sports as a context to teach the principles of math and science to kids from Greater Boston-area Boys & Girls Clubs.
Kids from five Boston-area Boys & Girls Clubs joined Pro Football Hall of Famer John Hannah and representatives from Raytheon and The New England Patriots at The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon to learn about the program and witness a scientific demonstration.
Over the next six months, employees from Raytheon will make regular visits to the Woburn, Lawrence, Waltham, Roxbury and Dorchester-Blue Hill Avenue Boys & Girls Clubs to help imagine and execute projects that explore math or science through sports. The program will culminate with a "Science of Sports Science Fair" at The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon, where the kids will present their projects for judging. The members of the winning team will each receive a $1,000 scholarship.
"Raytheon is committed to instilling in students a lifelong passion for math, science and technnology and our proud support of the 'Science of Sports' program is just one of the myraid ways in which we are doing this," said Kristin Hilf, vice president of public affairs for Raytheon Company. "It is critical to engage young minds now, during their formative years, to build within them the skills that will help them achieve greater success in school, their careers, and throughout their lives."
"The Hall at Patriot Place is the perfect setting to kick off this program and host the 'Science of Sports Science Fair,'" said Bryan Morry, executive director of The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon. "Our education program is centered on using football to educate, and Raytheon is a perfect partner. Their employees offer world-class expertise in math and science."
"Our Boys & Girls Clubs are much more than 'gym, swim and games' and the 'Science of Sports' program will give our kids an amazing opportunity to explore math and science in a very unique and creative way," said Rick Metters, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Woburn. "With first class, caring partners like Raytheon and the New England Patriots, this program has a great foundation for success and our kids are excited to get started."
"Science of Sports" is born of Raytheon's belief that creating awareness and reinforcing math and science skills to youth is important to preserve the U.S. workforce's edge in the field of technology. The program expands the partnership between Raytheon and The New England Patriots, who opened The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon in September. Raytheon supports The Hall's education program, which benefits visiting school groups, and sponsors an "In the Numbers" exhibit at the Hall, which is an interactive trivia game using math and science questions related to football.
Raytheon Company, with 2007 sales of $21.3 billion, is a technology leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 86 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 72,000 people worldwide.
ABOUT THE HALL AT PATRIOT PLACE PRESENTED BY RAYTEHON
The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon is the crown jewel of Patriot Place and the only sports and education experience of its kind in the world. Through a dazzling array of interactive multimedia exhibits and artifacts never before viewable by the public, The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon showcases the tradition of the New England Patriots, explores the history of football in New England, and promotes math and science education for the thousands of schoolchildren expected to visit each year. For more information, please visit www.patriot-place.com/thehall.