The 2019 NCAA men’s basketball Final Four is coming to Minneapolis this year and MATTER is harnessing the power of this popular sporting event to impact our Twin Cities community. Drive to MATTER, a charity golf tournament, will be one of several amazing opportunities MATTER is providing to individuals and corporations to help make a real difference in the lives of Minnesota’s children and families.
This exciting golf experience will be held on April 4th at Topgolf in Brooklyn Center. Since its opening last fall, the 65,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility, with its full-service restaurant, multiple bars and variety of sports and entertainment options, has become a popular venue for golfers and non-golfers alike.
Fun and interactive, The Drive to MATTER golf tournament is open to all skill-levels, and will feature celebrity appearances as well as food and beverages.
Just down the street from Topgolf is Brooklyn Center High School. Its dedicated staff and various mentor groups working within the school face many challenges. 79% of the student population is on free or reduced lunch; there is a 17% proficiency rate in mathematics and a 32% proficiency rate in reading. These challenges are great, but we believe with great challenges comes even greater opportunities.
MATTER is on a mission to address these challenges through unique partnerships within the school and community. In collaboration with Boston Scientific, 21st Century Community Learning Centers and Timber Bay Mentors, MATTER developed an innovative cooking class using the ingredients from our MATTERbox as the teaching platform. The response from the students has been overwhelmingly positive. Through experiential learning, these students are gaining the knowledge, skills and desire to make healthier choices in their lives.
With the success of the cooking class, MATTER and our dedicated partners are excited to expand our impact in the school by incorporating the MATTER Innovation Hub (MIH) into the students’ education. Created in collaboration with Jamf, the MIH uses Apple products and curriculum to teach coding skills using robotic balls, drones, and physical and virtual coding blocks, while also incorporating literacy and math.
Designed to address challenges in educating today’s kids by offering a new approach that promotes critical thinking, creativity, and leadership development, the MIH will offer the students at Brooklyn Center High School learning experiences that have the potential to open doors of opportunity for them that might otherwise not be available.
Proceeds from the Drive to MATTER golf tournament will help MATTERnation continue to impact the lives of these incredible students. Please make plans to join us at Topgolf on April 4th for an amazing time of golfing and entertainment that will truly make a difference in our community!
Tickets & Sponsorship: donate.matter.ngo/drivetomatter