STEM Outreach

Ricardo Valerdi is the founder and Chief Scientist of the Science of Sport and a consultant to the Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, San Diego Padres, Colorado Rockies, Washington Nationals, Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics, Los Angeles Dodgers, LA Galaxy, Seattle Sounders, Dallas Mavericks, Orlando Magic, Sugar Bowl, and College Football Playoff Foundation.  His work has been featured on ESPN, Fox Sports Arizona, and LA Times.  In collaboration with faculty in the UA College of Medicine he developed the first-ever concussion simulator for football for the NCAA [video].

In recognition of the success of the Arizona Diamondbacks Science of Baseball program he was invited to throw out the first pitch at Chase Field during "STEM Day" on September 27, 2019.  Fortunately for everyone the pitch was right down the middle. [video]  He has also been an in-game guest in the Fox Sports Arizona booth with broadcasters Bob Brenly and Steve Berthiaume. [video]

 

Other programs:

RoboCup Jr. tournament

MLB Urban Youth Academy overview

Arizona Diamondbacks videos: base running, ballpark dimensions

New England Sports Network videos

Atlanta Braves video, ballpark geometry

San Diego Padres videos: Science of base running, launch angle, ballpark geometry