Museum Education Partnership with Morgan Stanley, Lincoln Avenue Capital Under Way in Locations around the Country

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, in partnership with Morgan Stanley and Lincoln Avenue Capital, is continuing programming initiatives based on the Hall of Fame’s award-winning educational curriculum in low-income communities across the country.

The programs are designed to provide an interactive learning experience that teaches core-curriculum topics through the lens of baseball, engaging students in the material for maximum impact.

“Morgan Stanley’s support of educational outreach programs at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will provide resources and instruction to thousands of students throughout the United States,” said Hall of Fame President Josh Rawitch. “The Museum’s award-winning education curriculum connects baseball with a large spectrum of subjects, engaging students and fostering lifelong learning. We are excited to continue this partnership with educational programs at Lincoln Avenue Capital properties in Florida City and Sanford, Fla.; Troutdale, Ore.; Reno, Nev.; and Rochester, N.Y., as we pursue our shared goal of helping students reach their full potential.”

Last year, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum received a grant from Morgan Stanley that is funding a four-year effort to support students across the country, including Morgan Stanley-funded affordable housing developments, through inspiring and educational programming.

“We are pleased that this critical curriculum will soon reach over 100 student participants and celebrate the inclusion of new sites to grow this educational program’s impact and reach,” said Mike Mantle, Managing Director, Community Development Finance at Morgan Stanley. “We are grateful to our partners at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Lincoln Avenue Capital for their dedication to this fundamental program.”

As part of this initiative, Lincoln Avenue Capital – a mission-driven affordable housing acquirer and developer, investor, and operator serving low-income individuals and families nationwide – will hold afterschool programs at several of its properties.

“Lincoln Avenue Capital is committed to making a direct impact in the communities in which we operate,” said Jeremy Bronfman, CEO of Lincoln Avenue Capital. “We are proud to continue to work with Hall of Fame and Morgan Stanley to bring this innovative and interactive program to our young residents.”

Locations to benefit from Morgan Stanley’s grant this spring will be Lincoln Avenue Capital properties Jubilee Courtyards in Florida City, Fla.; Logan Heights in Sanford, Fla.; Orchard Place in Rochester, N.Y.; Troutdale Terrace in Troutdale, Ore; and Zephyr Pointe in Reno, Nev. The program will start on March 28 for Orchard Place and Troutdale Terrace.

For each program, the Hall of Fame provides all necessary supplies and training for local partner educators to successfully deliver eight engaging week-long lessons customizable from 16 modules – each aligned with NextGen learning standards – that span the broader topics of Social Studies, Character Development, Mathematics, Science and The Arts:

SOCIAL STUDIES: Women’s History: Dirt on Their Skirts; Civil Rights: Before You Could Say “Jackie Robinson”; Cultural Diversity: Diversity in the Dugout; Popular Culture: Take Me Out to the Ballgame; Geography: Baseball Coast to Coast; Labor History: Hardballs and Handshakes
CHARACTER EDUCATION: Character Education: The Iron Horse; Leadership: Leading Off
MATHEMATICS: Statistics: Batter Up!; Geometry: Circling the Bases; Economics: Business of Baseball
SCIENCE: Physical Science: Science on the Sandlot; Health Science: Be A Superior Example (BASE); Innovation: Tools of the Trade
THE ARTS: Communication Arts: Going! Going! Gone!

In addition to lessons focused on baseball’s basis in statistics, geometry and economics, students engaging with the Hall of Fame’s educational curriculum will learn the inspiring stories of baseball and explore many of its key figures – including Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente, Ozzie Smith and Jackie Robinson, Baseball Writers’ Association of America Career Excellence Award Winner Claire Smith and renowned baseball architect Janet Marie Smith – who have faced and overcome challenges, including racial and gender discrimination. Lessons also reinforce the importance of hard work and perseverance to reach one’s goals.

Each off-site education program funded by Morgan Stanley will run for eight weeks, with local partner educators delivering the Hall of Fame’s curriculum. A weekly live connection to Cooperstown with a Hall of Fame expert educator is integrated into each week’s lesson plan, with these virtual field trips reinforcing the lessons being taught on-site using distance-learning technology. Participating community groups will have the opportunity to customize their individual curriculum to their own interests and needs.

Educators can explore and engage with the Hall of Fame’s educational curriculum for free online. These lessons can be delivered as part of in-person field trips or virtual field trips via individual classroom distance learning sessions.