04 May 2011 3:01 PM
“Science of the Olympic Winter Games” & “Science of NFL Football” Win Sports Emmy for NSF Partners: NBC Learn & NBC Sports Group

National Science Foundation partnership recognized by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

NEW YORK, NY-- May 4,2011-- Scientific principles explored last year in two online video series called “Science of the Olympic Winter Games" and “Science of NFL Football” have earned NBCOlympics.com and NBCLearn.com a Sports Emmy for Outstanding New Approaches Sports Programming.

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced the award Monday at the 32nd Annual Sports Emmy® Awards in New York.

“This is wonderful news,” said Jeff Nesbit, director of the National Science Foundation’s Office of Legislative and Public Affairs. NSF partnered with NBC Learn and the NBC Sports Group to create and present the series.

"Science of the Olympic Winter Games" revealed the science behind how athletes skate, ski, jump and curl their way to winter Olympic gold and “Science of NFL Football” illustrated how football players throw a spiraled pass, block an opponent and score a touchdown. By capitalizing on the power and appeal of sports, the two series delivered engaging and unique science content to students and adults.

Narrated by NBC News anchor Lester Holt, the two series combine the state-of-the-art video production capabilities of NBCUniversal with the expertise of NSF-supported scientists and the athletic skills of more than half a dozen Winter Olympians and former NFL athletes, who describe how principles of science applied to their respective sports. The series ran on NBCLearn.com and NBCOlympics.com.

In addition, NBC Learn offered its extensive educational reach to bring the content to students and educators across the United States.

“Science of NFL Football” and "Science of the Olympic Winter Games" were the first of two “Science of Sports” projects involving NSF, NBC Learn and the NBC Sports Group.

This Emmy award winning series still can be seen online at: http://www.nbclearn.com and http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/.


For more information contact:

Meghan Pianta
NBC News
e: meghan.pianta@nbcuni.com

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