All I can say is “WOW!”
I am still shaking.
Thanks to Coaching for Literacy’s Assistant Coach Program, I had one of the most unforgettable nights of my life. Even before the start of the basketball game between the UCLA Bruins and the Colorado Buffaloes, I received some wonderful hospitality – a parking pass, polo shirts, a Bruins’ cap, a program and VIP access in UCLA’s Pavilion Club. I stood on the court while the players warmed up and then took a tour of Pauley Pavilion. I enjoyed snacks and beverages in the Pavilion Club where I met UCLA’s cheerleaders and took pictures with two of my all-time childhood heroes – Gail Goodrich and Keith Erickson, both are former basketball players with UCLA and the L.A. Lakers. I was given a courtside seat and sat front row, directly under the rim by the camera crew! I could hear the squeaking of the shoes and the players talking to one another. The Bruins beat the Buffaloes 72-59.
After the game, I met Coach Alford and was invited to the locker room to hear his post-game talk to the players. I met and took a picture with each of the players, who all signed my program. I also attended the postgame press conference, which was a special treat! I am very grateful to the generous donor who allowed me to be Coaching for Literacy’s Assistant Coach Program participant. Their donation provides direct funding for the literacy initiatives of Reading Is Fundamental of Southern California.
My younger brother has a learning disability and has difficulty reading so I know first-hand how literacy can greatly impact one’s future! Many areas of our nearby communities have high gang activity and crime rates. Giving the children a passion for reading at a very early age can ultimately change the outcome of their future! I have had the privilege to serve as a UCLA volunteer for Reading Is Fundamental of Southern California for the past fifteen years. We visit local elementary schools several times a year, read, and distribute books to underprivileged kids from Pre-K through third grade. For most of these children, these are the only books they will ever have in their personal library at home. Coaching for Literacy is definitely a worthwhile cause, and providing the “Assistant Coach Program” gives an average person like myself a chance to be treated like a VIP for the day!
CONTACT: Ryan Viner | 901.410.3633 | firstname.lastname@example.org