49ers Museum Honored With Communication Award From ISHA

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Ribbon Award PlaybookSANTA CLARA, Calif. – The 49ers Museum presented by Sony was honored with the “Education Programming Materials” Communication Award from the International Sports Heritage Association (ISHA), a non-profit member institution which promotes and supports organizations and individuals engaged in the celebration of sports heritage, during its annual conference in Williamsport, Pa. The 49ers Museum was internationally recognized by ISHA for its 49ers STEM Education Program Museum Education Playbook, which focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and its direct correlation to football.

 The Communication Awards program was established by ISHA to provide recognition for excellence in publications by all member sports museums, halls of fame or sports heritage organizations, regardless of size or budget, based upon a competition evaluated by ISHA members and communications professionals.

The 49ers STEM Education Program, which opened in conjunction with Levi’s® Stadium in 2014, provides learning platforms for K-8 students through its education program, which teaches content-rich lessons using the STEM principles of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The program, a four-part field trip experience that includes museum exploration, a Levi’s® Stadium tour, a movement lab, and STEM lesson, additionally leverages football as a platform in order to connect, inspire and engage each student.

“Since the program’s inception in 2014, we’ve worked with Bay Area school districts to ensure our playbook material and lessons are aligned to 21st century learning skills, California Common Core, and Next Generation Science Standards,” said 49ers Museum director Jesse Lovejoy. “The International Sports Heritage Association’s Communication Award reaffirms the positive education impact we strive to make every day for youth across the Bay Area.”

The 49ers STEM Education Program has disseminated its Education Playbook to more than 30,000 participants in its first year, with 50 percent of students coming from Title I designated schools. The 49ers STEM Education Program projects doubling that reach to 60,000 participants with the expansion of a new classroom opening this fall.

In addition to winning the communications award for the “Education Programming Materials” category, the Museum Education Playbook beat out nine other teams to be awarded the distinction of “Best In Show” by conference attendees.

About the 49ers Museum presented by Sony
The 49ers Museum – a first-class celebration of the 49ers past, present and future – features 11 unique gallery and exhibit spaces spread out over 20,000 square feet inside Levi’s® Stadium. The journey begins in the main lobby at the Trending Gallery, where you will learn what’s new with the team and the space. From there you’ll move to the Morabito Theater to watch the 49ers signature film and then into the Edward J. DeBartolo, Sr. 49ers Hall of Fame where you’ll walk amongst the 49ers greats. Our Heritage Gallery innovatively illuminates the history of the team through artifacts and multimedia exhibits and leads perfectly into the active In the Game Gallery on the lower level. Your visit will end reliving the memories of the 49ers five Super Bowl Championships in front of the Lombardi Trophies. For more information, please visit 

About the International Sports Heritage Association
The International Sports Heritage Association (ISHA) is a non-profit membership organization incorporated in 1971. The organization assists sport museums and halls of fame to develop, operate and promote their facilities in the best way possible. The mission of ISHA is to educate, promote and support organizations and individuals engaged in the celebration of sports heritage. For more information, please visit

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