Have you ever thought about the odds of the Toronto Raptors winning the 2019 Championship? What about the money behind Pascal’s four-year $129.9 million contract? How about his team leading 22.2 points per game? Well, don’t worry, we got you covered heading back to school.

This September, The Kickback is partnering with Pascal Siakam’s PS43 Foundation to design and deliver a six-week program with the assistance of Toronto Raptors Assistant Coach Eric Khoury and Mr. Dontoh. The program aims at helping students between the ages of 13-16 learn math through sports. Students will work with secondary school teachers to develop their skills in the space of mathematics through sports.

  • Supports all students in making connections among mathematical knowledge, concepts, and skills, and between situations inside and outside the classroom;
  • Empowers students to use mathematics to address issues relevant to their lived realities;
  • Supports students in finding enjoyment in mathematics and becoming more confident in their ability to do mathematics; and
  • Building healthy relationships and communicating effectively in mathematics.

Standardized testing forms are biased against low-income students and racialized students – and in many instances, they don’t even predict students’ success in post-secondary education institutions. Despite this assumption, Black and racialized students continue to fall behind in a number of ways across Ontario for a variety of reasons, but what if we could find a way to help. Research has shown that educator bias can negatively affect the evaluation of social-emotional learning skills in relation to particular groups of students; for example, Indigenous students; Black and other racialized students; students with special education needs and disabilities; and students otherwise marginalized. Incorporating anti-racism into math education involves providing students with the context about how math has been used while giving students the opportunity to apply math in real-life scenarios that encourage equity, in this case, athletics.

Program Dates

Week 1

Mathematical Thinking and Making Connections

Tuesday, September 27 | 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Week 2


Tuesday, October 4 | 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Week 3


Tuesday, October 11 | 5:15 PM – 6:45 PM

Week 4


Tuesday, October 18 | 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Week 5

Geometry and Measurement

Tuesday, October 25 | 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM**

Week 6

Financial Literacy

Tuesday, November 1 | 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM