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6/12/14 09:11AM

Students Awarded $15,000 in College Scholarships at 2014 Ripken Baseball TiViTz Championship

Two Hundred of Tampa Bay Area’s Top Students Competed at TiViTz Math Game at Hillsborough Community College, Dale Mabry Campus

TAMPA, Fla. (June 8, 2014) – On Saturday, June 7, approximately 200 Tampa Bay area fourth through eighth graders gathered to compute—and compete—for $15,000 in college scholarships.

The 200 students were finalists in the 2014 Ripken Baseball TiViTz Regional Championship Tournament, sponsored by SAS Games of Cocoa, Fla., and held at Hillsborough Community College’s Dale Mabry Campus.  Scholarship awards were divided among first through fifth place winners in fourth through eighth grades.

Winners included:

4th Grade

5th Grade

Middle School

Kierra Rodriguez (1st tie)

Abby Dietrich (1st tie)

Omar Elrabi (1st)

Michael Mason (1st tie)

Alex Smith (1st tie)

Kim Ye (2nd)

Jake Rupp (2nd)

Xin Chen (1st tie)

McKenna Leist (3rd)

Seher Anand (3rd)

Jacob Statman (2nd)

Brendan Morris (4th)

Loi Park (4th)

Kylie Rhodes (3rd)

Braden Contreras (5th)

TiViTz, a strategy-based math game available online and in board game format, has been used as part of the mathematics curriculum by more than 10,000 teachers and 400,000 students across the country, including schools in the Tampa Bay area. The most popular version of the game, Ripken Baseball TiViTz, created in partnership with Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., is the backbone of the comprehensive educational program.

Immediately following the Ripken Baseball TiViTz Regional Championship Tournament, all 200 participants, as well as an estimated 400 parents and teachers who came to cheer them on, received tickets to the baseball game at Steinbrenner Field featuring the Tampa Yankees versus the Charlotte Stone Crabs. The tournament winners, along with the TiViTz mascot, “TiViT,” were invited onto the field for a pre-game presentation.

To qualify for the TiViTz Regional Championship Tournament, more than 50,000 students in Tampa Bay area counties— including Hillsborough, Pinellas, Charlotte, Polk, Sarasota and Manatee—first competed in tournaments at their individual schools. Their winning scores, as well as their participation in TiViTz Tuesdays, a 12-week tournament preparation program supported by Tampa Bay area McDonald’s® restaurants, helped earn them a spot in one of several county-wide qualifying tournaments. More than 1,000 students competed in qualifying tournaments held at various West Central Florida venues including:  Bright House Field in Clearwater April 26, Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte May 3, David M. Barksdale Senior Center in Tampa May 10, Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland May 16, and John R. Trinkle Center at Hillsborough Community College, Plant City Campus, May 21-22. From these 1,000 students, the top-scoring 200 earned a spot to compete in the Ripken Baseball TiViTz Championship on June 7.

Overseeing the championship tournament was SAS Games President and TiViTz inventor, Steve Scully. “Congratulations to all the winners of the Ripken Baseball TiViTz Regional Championship.  We are thrilled to help students of all ages improve their skills in critical thinking and mathematics through the use of challenging, fun-to-play TiViTz games and tournaments,” Scully said. “We hope the TiViTz scholarship awards will inspire these young people to continue to excel in their studies and pursue careers in STEM fields—science, technology, engineering and of course, mathematics.”


PHOTO CAPTION:Front row L to R:  Jacob Statman (4th place, 5th grade); Xin Chen, Abby Dietrich and Alex Smith (tied for 1st place, 5th grade); Braden Contreras (5th place, middle school), Kylie Rhodes (3rd place, 5th grade)


Back row L to R: TiViT, Brendan Morris (4th place, middle school); Omar Elrabi (1st place middle school); Jake Rupp (2nd place, 4th grade); Steve Scully

NOTE TO MEDIA: High-resolution photos from the 2014 Ripken Baseball TiViTz Championship are available upon request.

ABOUT TiViTz: TiViTz® is a registered trademark of SAS Games, Inc.  Based in Cocoa, Fla., the company is led by CEO Siobhan Mullen, a former aerospace executive, in partnership with TiViTz creator, Stephen Scully.  Encouraging students of all ages to: “Improve Your Game, Improve Your Mind,” SAS Games produces the popular TiViTz board game as well as 2D and 3D online versions at The game has won multiple awards in the toy and game industry, including Dr. Toy, National Parenting Center, Creative Child and Parents’ Choice.

TiViTz is not only a favorite of school districts, youth sports leagues, afterschool clubs, and of course, discerning parents and kids, it is also endorsed by several celebrity spokespersons, most notably, Hall of Famer and former Baltimore Orioles’ Shortstop, Cal Ripken Jr. TiViTz Live Action Tournaments have been sponsored and/or hosted by Ripken Baseball, McDonald’s®/Caspers Company in Tampa, Fla., Busch Gardens Tampa, NASA/Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, the Schwarzenegger Youth Foundation, national science museums, the National Hockey League’s San Jose Sharks, and Minor and Major League Baseball Teams including the Yankees, Dodgers, Tigers, Rangers, Devil Rays and Tampa Bay Rays.


Media Contact:

Nancy Summers, Veranos Resources

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