TAMPA, FL – On Saturday June 1, 2013, 96 4th and 5th grade finalists will compete in the Ripken Baseball TiViTz Championship Tournament at Steinbrenner Field and sponsored by SAS Games in partnership with Tampa Bay McDonald’s.
Over 20,000 fourth and fifth grade Hillsborough County students competed in school tournaments for one of 600 seats at the county-wide qualifying tournament held this year at Trinkle Center and co-sponsored by the Hillsborough County Elementary Math Council. These 96 finalists have advanced by a combination of high scores and their participation in TiViTz Tuesdays hosted weekly at 55 Hillsborough County McDonald’s locations.
“Our mission is to motivate students to make the most of their abilities and potential by helping them to improve their skills in critical thinking and mathematics through the use of challenging, fun-to-play TiViTz games and tournaments,” said SAS Games President and TiViTz game inventor, Steve Scully. “We couldn’t be happier that in partnering with local Hillsborough County McDonald’s we are now able to provide a fun practice venue, exposing more students, teachers and parents to the world of TiViTz.”
The teacher-endorsed, fun and challenging math and strategy game is played by hundreds of thousands of students and incorporated into curriculum by thousands of teachers nationwide. TiViTz is as easy to play as checkers, yet as challenging to master as chess. And like any strategy game, the best way to improve your strategy skills is to play an opponent with comparable or superior skills.
“McDonald’s is passionate about supporting our local communities, whether it’s serving kids breakfast during FCAT testing or providing a safe gathering place for a worthwhile afterschool program,” said Bob Conigliaro, Vice President Community Relations of Caspers Company, a McDonald’s owner/operator organization based in Tampa. “We see this partnership with TiViTz as a unique opportunity to take an active role in the education of children in our communities and we are excited to be a part of this endeavor.”
Students enjoy the competitive aspects of the game. “I like using the TiViTz games because it combines the strategies and logical thinking required in games such as chess with mathematical skills” said Joe Ratasky, Math Resource Teacher in Hillsborough County. “As a teacher, it gives me a tool to motivate students and an opportunity for them to come to me with the goal of improving their math…because now they see the value in being fluent with their math computation.”
The game play will start at 1:45 pm and will be in full swing by 2:30 pm. Winners receive trophies and all players and parents receive tickets to the game!
The tournament is open only to qualifying families and kids who have participated in TiViTz Tuesdays during the past year. Anyone who wants to learn more about TiViTz can go to http://www.tivitz.com to play the game for free online or to purchase a TiViTz board game. Parents and teachers can go to http://www.tivitztuesdays.com to sign kids up to play TiViTz Tuesdays in Hillsborough McDonald’s locations through the end of May.
The TiViTz board games are geared toward students ages 8 to 14 while the online versions adapt to K through 12. TiViTz is also used in After-School programs across the country, such as Arnold Schwarzenegger’s After School All Stars. TiViTz tournaments have been hosted by Major League Baseball’s Yankees, Dodgers, Rangers, Tigers and Rays, the National Hockey League’s Tampa Lightning and San Jose Sharks NASA and Science Museums. Educators and spokespersons such as Cal Ripken, Astronaut Rick Searfoss and Environmentalist/Film-maker Jean-Michel Cousteau have endorsed TiViTz as well.
TiViTz® is a registered trademark of SAS Games, Inc. For more information go to: www.tivitz.com. To see recent videos about TiViTz, go to http://www.youtube.com/tivitzchannel
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