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Meet the nine NCAA basketball coaches on the Coaching for Literacy Coaches Council

NCAA Basketball Coaches Join Coaching for Literacy Coaches Council

Memphis, Tenn. (Oct. 12, 2017) – Coaching for Literacy (CFL) adds momentum in its efforts to become America’s leading literacy advocate by establishing the Coaching for Literacy Coaches Council.

CFL’s Coaches Council includes nine nationally recognized NCAA basketball coaches who have long been involved with Coaching for Literacy's efforts and will support the organization's future growth. The members are listed below:

UVA assistant coach Ron Sanchez wears the CFL green tie and lapel during a Fight for Literacy Game (above). 

UVA assistant coach Ron Sanchez wears the CFL green tie and lapel during a Fight for Literacy Game (above). 

  • Adam Cohen - Stanford, Assistant Coach
  • Avery Johnson- Alabama, Head Coach
  • Josh Pastner - Georgia Tech, Head Coach
  • Kevin Stallings - PITT, Head Coach
  • Larry Brown - Hall of Fame, Retired
  • Ron Sanchez - UVA, Assistant Coach
  • Steve Forbes- ETSU, Head Coach
  • Stan Jones - FSU, Associate Head Coach
  • Will Wade - LSU, Head Coach

These men promote literacy efforts locally and nationwide by utilizing their media platform as well as hosting CFL’s Fight for Literacy Games.

"Years ago, I partnered with Coaching for Literacy because I believed advocating for literacy is critical nationwide,” said Georgia Tech head coach, Josh Pastner, one of the first coaches to host a Fight for Literacy Game. “It has been a privilege to see the growth of this program and I’m honored to continue supporting its impact as a member of the Coaches Council.”

CFL's Fight for Literacy Game initiative empowers coaches, teams, and fans to join together to increase child reading levels through awareness, volunteering, and fundraising efforts. Over the last 4 seasons, CFL has conducted 75 Fight for Literacy Games with nearly 40 NCAA teams nationwide. The initiative has raised over $500,000 supporting 50 literacy projects and 8,000 students in 20 communities across America.

“We know if we really want to combat the issue of illiteracy in America to its fullest via our Fight for Literacy Games, we must partner with as many influential universities as possible,” said Trey Carroll, Coaching for Literacy’s Director of Marketing. “The Coaching for Literacy Coaches Council is a critical component in this. Their influential platform to promote literacy work is priceless and we are so grateful.”

Coaching for Literacy encourages everyone to use their platform to advocate for literacy in their perspective communities, and supporters like Larry Brown, hall of fame basketball coach and member of the Coaching for Literacy Coaches Council, are leading the way.

"So many kids that play on the college level are challenged academically,” said Coach Brown. "If you can read, you can be successful."
A close up of the Coaching for Literacy lapel pin (above), a symbol to be shown in nearly 30 Fight for Literacy Games this season. 

A close up of the Coaching for Literacy lapel pin (above), a symbol to be shown in nearly 30 Fight for Literacy Games this season. 

With tip off for the 2017-2018 NCAA basketball season less than a month away, both Coaching for Literacy and coaches nationwide prepare meticulously to achieve their own version of success. For CFL, it is young students positively impacted by nearly 30 NCAA Fight for Literacy Games scheduled this season, and for coaches, it is more wins. For those certain occasions throughout the season when coaches and literacy do team up, the team color will be green and the opponent is illiteracy.

ABOUT COACHING FOR LITERACY

Coaching for Literacy has funded over 50 literacy projects across 20 communities in 11 states directly impacting 8,000 children. The mission of Coaching for Literacy is to use the power of sports to raise awareness about the problem of illiteracy and generate financial support for literacy programs nationwide.

To learn more about how you can make a difference for literacy efforts in your community, visit www.coachingforliteracy.org.

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International Paper and Coaching for Literacy Team Up to Celebrate International Literacy Day

Duo to Support Fight for Literacy Games during the 2017-2018 NCAA basketball season

Memphis, Tenn. (Sept. 8, 2017) – In celebration of International Literacy Day, International Paper and Coaching for Literacy announced they are working together to support the Fight for Literacy Games initiative benefiting school children from kindergarten to 3rd grade. The Fight for Literacy Games empower NCAA basketball coaches, their teams and fans to participate in literacy awareness efforts, volunteer work and fundraising activities. International Paper is the presenting sponsor of Coaching for Literacy’s Fight for Literacy Games with Louisiana State University (LSU) and University of Memphis men’s basketball teams during the 2017-2018 NCAA basketball season.

International Paper is the presenting sponsor of Coaching for Literacy's 2017-2018 Fight for Literacy Games with LSU and Memphis men's basketball teams.

International Paper is the presenting sponsor of Coaching for Literacy's 2017-2018 Fight for Literacy Games with LSU and Memphis men's basketball teams.

“We mobilize our people, products and resources to address critical needs in the communities where our employees live and work,” said James McDonald, International Paper’s director of global citizenship. “Teaming up with Coaching for Literacy allows us to make an impact by creating awareness and providing support to effective, local literacy programs.” 

An MTR Camp instructor develops literacy skills with a young student (above).

An MTR Camp instructor develops literacy skills with a young student (above).

International Paper’s sponsorship of the Fight for Literacy Game with the University of Memphis men’s basketball program will benefit Memphis Teacher Residency (MTR). Funding will help MTR Camp in the summer of 2018. MTR Camp is an effort to reduce summer learning regression for elementary school children. 

“More than half of the achievement gap between students of different socioeconomic statuses is explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities,” said Candice Obadina, MTR Summer Camp director. “We are thankful for the involvement of International Paper in our effort to create brighter futures for children in Memphis.”

International Paper’s sponsorship of the Fight for Literacy Game with the LSU men’s basketball program will provide grade appropriate books and materials to three organizations: Fairview-Alpha Elementary School (Campti, La.), Mansfield Elementary School (Mansfield, La.) and Central Elementary School (Bogalusa, La.). 

“Grade-level content is crucial to improve literacy skills among our young students,” said Brooke Williams, principal of Fairview-Alpha Elementary School. “International Paper and Coaching for Literacy are making an incredible impact in our community.”

ABOUT COACHING FOR LITERACY

Thanks to the support of sports teams and generous donors, Coaching for Literacy has funded over 50 literacy projects across 20 communities in 11 states directly impacting 8,000 children. The mission of Coaching for Literacy is to use the power of sports to raise awareness about the problem of illiteracy and generate financial support for literacy programs nationwide.

To learn more about how you can make a difference for literacy efforts in your community, visit www.coachingforliteracy.org.

 ABOUT INTERNATIONAL PAPER

International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper products with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, North Africa and Russia. We produce packaging products that protect and promote goods, and enable world-wide commerce; pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal hygiene products that promote health and wellness; papers that facilitate education and communication; and paper bags, cups and food containers that provide convenience and portability. We are headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., and employ approximately 55,000 colleagues located in more than 24 countries. Net sales for 2016 were $21 billion.

For more information about International Paper, our products and global citizenship efforts, please visit internationalpaper.com.

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Coaching for Literacy
Ryan Viner
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International Paper

Cynthia Godby

Cynthia.Godby@ipaper.com

(901) 419-4326

Kalisa H. Hyman 

Kalisa.Hyman@ipaper.com

(985) 732-8584  

 

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Coaching for Literacy Adds Marketing Director

New Teammate Adds Momentum to the Fight for Literacy

Memphis, Tennessee (September 25, 2017) - Trey Carroll, the newest addition to the Coaching for Literacy (CFL) team, joins as the Director of Marketing. Trey brings a passion for people and literacy as well as experience working with public school districts.

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 “I’ve spent years investing in people of various cultures, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds, but it wasn’t until recently I ventured into the world of academia where I discovered the overwhelming issue of illiteracy in America. I’m honored to be a part of CFL’s mission to be the leading literacy advocate in America.”

“We are so excited to have Trey on the team,” said Ryan Viner, the Executive Director of Coaching for Literacy. “The board and I believe his passion for people and literacy, coupled with his writing and communication skills will improve Coaching for Literacy’s ability to impact students and donors nationwide.”

A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Trey earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Mississippi in 2013.

Previously, Mr. Carroll worked for various Christian non-profit organizations both in and out of the United States, serving in 12 countries. He spent a year in Mississippi with the University of Mississippi as an Admissions Counselor, working daily with students and counselors in the public school system.

Thanks to the support of sports teams and generous donors, Coaching for Literacy has funded over 50 literacy projects across 20 communities in 11 states directly impacting 8,000 children. The mission of Coaching for Literacy is to use the power of sports to raise awareness about the problem of illiteracy and generate financial support for literacy programs nationwide. To learn more about how you can make a difference for literacy efforts in your community, visit www.coachingforliteracy.org.

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Creating Confident Readers in Baltimore

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (May 25, 2017) – Today four out of five 4th graders from low-income families in the U.S. cannot read at grade-level. Coaching for Literacy (CFL) partnered with Johns Hopkins Women’s Lacrosse and head coach Janine Tucker to address this critical issue with Reading Partners Baltimore.

THE IMPACT

The Fight for Literacy with the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays was CFL’s first lacrosse partnership and the first opportunity for fans to pledge a donation for each assist made by the Blue Jays. Funds pledged by the general public during the entire month of April supported Reading Partners Baltimore.

Reading Partners Baltimore works to ensure students can read at grade-level by fourth grade. The program engages community volunteers to provide one-on-one reading tutoring to kids who have fallen behind. Students who were once struggling with literacy skills become confident readers, excited about learning. 

“Partnering with Coaching for Literacy and Johns Hopkins Women’s Lacrosse presented us with a unique opportunity to grow our audience and further raise awareness of the needs of our community and our city’s emerging readers,” said Amanda Fisher, Director of External Relations for Reading Partners Baltimore. “The funds raised through this campaign will help provide books and other supplies needed to support our one-on-one tutoring program.”

GREEN FOR LITERACY

During the Fight for Literacy game on April 11th, Coach Tucker and the Johns Hopkins coaching staff wore Coaching for Literacy’s green literacy awareness wristbands and lapel pins, as well as knit polos from CFL partner Peter Millar. The players wore green socks to raise awareness about the importance of literacy.

"We were thrilled to partner with Coaching for Literacy to support Reading Partners of Baltimore,” said Coach Tucker. “The ability to read opens so many doors for children and adults and we were happy to play a small part in the Fight for Literacy. We are dedicated to this cause and hope to make this an annual event!"

COACHING FOR LITERACY OVERVIEW

Thanks to the support of sports teams and generous donors, Coaching for Literacy has funded over 50 literacy projects across 20 communities in 11 states. CFL’s efforts have directly benefitted over 8,000 children across the U.S.

"Our goal is to raise literacy awareness utilizing the influential voice of each and every sports team," said Ryan Viner, executive director of Coaching for Literacy. "We were honored to partner with Johns Hopkins and Coach Tucker to bring attention to the issue and financial support to Reading Partners Baltimore."

To learn more about how you can make a difference for literacy efforts in your community, visit www.coachingforliteracy.org and follow Coaching for Literacy on Twitter @coachingforlit.

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