We’re about more than PE! Our education programs are designed to help teachers reinforce key educational concepts in a fun and effective way. Our focus areas are Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM), as well as, health and character development. This year we introduce our new Math Academy. From statistics to scores, we’re showing students that if you love sports, you love math!
Our educational programming for grades pre-K through 12th are designed to meet the Virginia Standards of Learning guidelines. Whether you visit us at the Hall of Fame & Museum, or we come to your classroom, all of our lessons are presented with Active Learning principles which encourage students to get up and move around while learning. This approach energizes kids and encourages increased retention of information.
For more information, contact the Education Department at (757) 393-8031, ext. 12.
Let Us Come to You - The Hall of Fame Hits the Road
Did you see a program that you like, but you can't make it to us? Have us come to you!
Most of our programs are also available in your classroom! Programs can be held in any large, open area for our very active programs or in the classroom for some of our less active programs. An “In Your Classroom” experience is a great and exciting way to review for a test or possible as a reward after the test. For any questions about our outreach programs or to book an “In Your Classroom” experience please contact Elaina Trafny (757)393-8031 Ext. 12 or email email@example.com.
The 2016-17 Education Brochure is now available!
Download the newest version of our Education Brochure by clicking here. This is the ultimate teacher resource when booking field trips, outreach programs and general information on how we can best assist you! If you would like a hard copy, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Math Academy Programs are Back for 2016-17!
Math Academy programs are back by popular demand for the 2016-2017 school year. Due to overwhelming positive feedback from teachers about our Math Academy classes, we have decided to continue our Math Academy Program series. From number sense to fractions and decimals, to plotting and analyzing graphs, there is a math topic for every grade level. Show your students how fun math really is with the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum’s Math Academy.
Math, Science, Fitness and Family Fun Nights at Your School
Is your school having a Family Math Night? Or maybe a Health Awareness Night? Whether it’s Math, Science, Health or Fitness the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum would love to be a part of your special evening. Our staff will work with you to customize your program and activities to make your night a memorable one for everyone. Rates are $125.00 for the first two sessions and each additional session is $50.00.
For any group/ session that is over 30 students a second staff member is required at charge of $15.00 per hour booked.
Tell Us What You Think of Us!
Thank you for visiting us at the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum! We hope that you and your students enjoyed your education program and had a great time. Please let us know any thoughts on how you believe the program/experience went.
The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum would also like to enhance our education programs/services to give more fulfillments to you and your students. We are asking for feedback from you regarding our services and whether there are any comments and/or improvements you have.
Please click on the teacher survey link below to give us your feedback.
Don’t Miss Our Future Resources and Programs!
We offer additional resources, programs and events just for teachers throughout the year. If you want to receive notifications about upcoming new programs and resources, please send your email address to Elaina Trafny at email@example.com. In the subject line, write “Education Resources Email List.” For questions or more information about our programs, you may also call Elaina Trafny at (757) 393-8031, ext. 12.
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The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum is proud to offer grant opportunities, in the Hampton Roads community, for the 2016-17 academic year.
Active Learning Grant
Sponsored by the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum Education Foundation
“One Day, One Goal, 100 Children”
Our goal is to have 100 students a day actively learning one of our education programs until the end of the school year! All schools are eligible to apply for the Active Learning Grant. The Active Learning Grant will cover museum admission and education program or an “In Your Classroom” experience for students that receive free and reduced lunch. Please click here for the 2016-17 Active Learning Grant Application.
All Grant applications must be completed and faxed to (757) 393-8288 Attn: Elaina Trafny or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Amazing Race Museum Scavenger Hunt*: Your campers will work with a group to find the answers o the questions and locate the artifacts. Each team will be given a variety of descriptions, photos, questions and a map that will send them on a scavenger hunt through Virginia Sports History. This program requires your campers to work together, communicate with one another and problem solve. Recommended grade level is 3rd grade and older.
2015 Summer Camp Olympics: Every summer is Olympic time at the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum! Your campers will first learn the history of the Summer Olympics Games, and Virginia Olympians and also the importance of sportsmanship in competitions. The campers will then be split into different countries of the world to compete in fun and wacky twists on some current Summer Olympic events. Only one country can gain the title of The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum Olympic Champion. So, let the games begin!! Recommended age is 12 and under.
Legends of the Wall*: Who exactly are the names on the wall in the Hall of Honor? Your campers will take a step into Virginia’s Sport History and pick a Hall of Famer from the walls of the Hall of Honor. They will then use the exhibits and interview museum staff to find out more about the inductee and their career achievements by filling in answers to a biography questionnaire. The campers will then make a craft honoring their inductee that they can bring home to show mom and dad! Recommended grade level is 3rd grade and older.
Hall of Famer in Training: Hard work, determination, leadership, these are a few of the qualities in a Hall of Famer. This program teaches campers what it takes to be a Hall of Famer. They will learn how to draw conclusions, discovering the importance of respect, honesty, self-control and explore how to be a team player in and out of the classroom with cooperative games and activities. Recommended for grades K- 6th and Future Stars of the Commonwealth recommended for 7th and above)
Mascot Madness: What’s a Hokie? Duke? Monarch? Meet the lively and entertaining mascots of Virginia’s Universities. A mascot’s job is to keep the crowd excited and having fun at all sporting events, and that is why we here at the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum feel we need a mascot too. In this program, we will hire your campers to help create a mascot for us that will keep the crowd entertained. The campers will make a mascot craft to bring home.
Preschool Only Programs: (Outreach Only)
My Healthy Preschool: This Preschool Program (3 – 5 year olds) will have your littlest campers learning about the healthy foods and the different food groups and also the importance of being active with The Learning Station!
Fit ‘N Fun: Each camper will be up and moving around with music and fun physical activities. The campers will discover the effects of physical activity on their heart rate by listening and feeling their hearts before and after the program.
Moving with Numbers: Your preschools with be exercising, stretching, dancing, jumping and skipping around with numbers. This fun program will get your preschools moving and grooving while getting them familiar with numbers.
$6.00 per camper for Museum visit & Summer Program
$7.00 per camper for Museum visit & Summer Program (if less than 10)
$6.00 per additional Camp Counselors & chaperones
Partial deposit due 2 weeks prior to date booked
Lunch space is available. Reservation required.
$100.00 for first summer program
Maximum 30 campers per each program session.
To book your camp group, please call (757) 393-8031 ext. 10.
Discover + Connect + Take Action
Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum
There is no “I” in team, or in Scout.
The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum is more than just sports. The artifacts that make up the museum represent the hard work, determination, and leadership skills it takes to be successful. Together with the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum, your Girl Scout can further develop their positive values and team building skills through our Girl Scout Programs. All programs promote cooperation and help develop healthy relationships while also educating and inspiring the girls to take action.
$10.00 per Girl Scout (includes Admission, Museum Exploration Patch and Program)
1 Adult Chaperone Free with every 10 scouts. Each additional Adult is regular admission ($7.00)
Girl Scout Programs:
Scavenger Hunt (Group Hunt)
Hall of Famer in Training
Self-Guided Explore the Museum (regular admission; Museum patch sold separately)
Scavenger Hunt (Group Hunt):
Girls Scouts will develop a strong sense of self and positive values when working with a team or as an individual to find and answers all the question clues. The Girl Scout will also have to use their problem solving skills to use the surrounding resources to find the answer or aid in the quest for the clue. The accomplishments made by women in Virginia’s Sport History and the work and dedication to took that individual to achieve those goals will help educate the Girl Scouts as well as inspire them to maybe one day have their name in the Hall of Honor.
The program starts with watching and exploring popular public service announcements and ad campaigns that are combating obesity and advocating moving and being active. When faced with a problem to get their neighborhoods moving and active, the girls are asked to work together to create a commercial/ PSA promoting their program and to get their message out to their community. The commercial will then be filmed and played back for the class and possibly even put on our website!
Hall of Famer in Training:
This program covers the qualities and characteristics of a Hall of Famer and what it means to be a leader, hard worker, a good listener, and great team player. The girls are asked what it means to be these things and how to someone with these characteristics acts and how they can display these qualities in their daily lives. The program then continues with cooperative games and teamwork activities that challenge the Girl Scouts to display those qualities and work together one another to achieve the goal of the activity.
Self-Guided Explore the Museum Program
Explore the museum at your own pace and earn your Museum Exploration Patch. Your Girl Scout and Troop may appreciate a little more independence while exploring the museum. All you have to do is print off the activity sheet and bring with you. Once you’re here, follow the directions and instructions to help navigate you through the exhibit areas and interactive areas. Once you have completed the activity, stop in the Final Score Gift Shop to purchase your Museum Exploration Patch.
Print out the Exlore the Museum Program here.
Scout Overnight Camp-Ins
Our fun-filled overnight programs provide your scout group the opportunity to explore the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum. We strive to engage and inspire your scouts in an interactive and hands-on learning environment, allowing them to create, learn, grow and have a fantastic time. Here, your scouts will advance their knowledge and skills earning them the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum badge as well as a certificate of completion.
** $35.00 per scouts/siblings, $20 per adult
Have a specific goal or idea in mind? At the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum, we are happy to tailor any of our programs just for your scouts.
If you would like more information, check date availability, or would like to book a reservation, please contact Elaina Trafny, our Education Coordinator.
Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum
206 High Street | PO Box 370
Portsmouth, VA 23705
Fax (757) 393-8288
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