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The San Francisco 49ers are the first professional sports organization to partner with Khan Academy, the world’s leading free online education platform.

By Mark J. Burns
September 19, 2016

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The San Francisco 49ers are the first professional sports organization to partner with Khan Academy, the world’s leading free online education platform.

The online resources for students and teachers will help support the 49ers STEAM Education Program, which is in its third year of existence and provides learning opportunities across science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.

“Khan Academy’s online learning platform is exceptional and we’re thrilled to work with them to take the next step in growing our STEAM Education Program,” 49ers Director of STEAM Education and the 49ers Museum Jesse Lovejoy said in a statement last week. “Khan Academy will enable our program to go beyond the walls of Levi’s Stadium and provide students who we couldn’t previously reach with unique, exciting content that combines STEAM with football.”

The 49ers STEAM Education Program has reached over 90,000 students in the past few years in grades K-8. No longer will students’ learnings about the franchise begin and stop with a simple field trip to Levi’s Stadium or a class visit from a 49ers representative. With the new partnership, students can now take learning to another level as they see how STEAM principles are applied at a professional sports franchise.

On the 49ers hub of Khan Academy, San Francisco players ask Founder and CEO Sal Khan STEAM-focused questions while students can learn and discover engineering behind Levi’s Stadium, how Newton’s first law of motion is applied to the game, elements of art and design and how technology impacts football.

“The San Francisco 49ers have supported education for many years,” Khan said in a statement. “We’re excited to make math and science lessons that are related to football widely available free for anyone, anywhere.”

As part the new relationship, the 49ers Foundation will make a $250,000 contribution to Khan Academy.

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