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Cruz, Burrell Host TWC’s ‘Connect A Million Minds Day’

Professional footballer Victor Cruz and Food Network chef and personality Anne Burrell hosted Time Warner Cable’s “Connect a Million Minds Day” February 1 at TWC Studios in Manhattan’s Meatpacking district.

The event, which launched a new national partnership between Time Warner Cable and Boys & Girls Clubs of America, aimed to inspire young people to become interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) projects.

About 300 students from local Boys & Girls Clubs joined in hands-on learning activities that demonstrated the STEM behind several popular TV shows and networks, and how these subjects power the activities young people are most passionate about, such as sports, music and cooking.

“As a former Boys & Girls Club member, I’m thrilled to have taken part of ‘Connect a Million Minds Day’ at Time Warner Cable Studios,” Cruz said, in a statement. “Through my partnership with Time Warner Cable and Connect a Million Minds, I’ve made it my personal mission to help the next generation understand the importance of taking an interest in subjects like math and science.”

“‘Connect a Million Minds Day’ helps demonstrate the science behind the things we do every day,” added Burrell. “As a chef, I know that science and math aren’t just subjects in school. They are crucial to the process of creating beautiful and delicious food.”

Connect a Million Minds is TWC’s five-year, $100 million cash and in-kind commitment to inspire the young problem solvers, appearing in original Public Service Announcements and at events to promote the importance of STEM project.

Other event participants included al Jazeera America , Dreamworks, ESPN, Food Network, Fox/National Geographic, HBO, History Channel, Ovation, Revolt, Starz, and Universal Pictures.