Cavaliers Partner with Coaching for Literacy 


Mississippi State Men's Basketball and Coaching for Literacy Partner

Memphis, Tenn. (January 25, 2017) – Coaching for Literacy (CFL), Mississippi State men’s basketball and head coach Ben Howland have partnered together for the second-straight year in the nationwide Fight for Literacy.

The Bulldogs join more than 20 NCAA programs in the effort, including fellow SEC members Ole Miss, Alabama and Vanderbilt.

Mississippi State will host a Coaching for Literacy Awareness Game on Feb. 11 when the Bulldogs take on the South Carolina Gamecocks at Humphrey Coliseum at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.

“We are excited to involve our student body in raising awareness and financial support this year,” said Coach Howland. “Coaching for Literacy is accomplishing great things both in Starkville and nationwide.”


Last year the support of Mississippi State athletics and generous CFL donors provided science literacy books for 870 Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District (SOCSD) students.


“We are very thankful for Coaching for Literacy’s support this past year,” said Dr. Jody Woodrum, assistant superintendent of SOCSD. “With our partnership, we hope to increase our students’ love of learning and science.”

Funds this season will be generated by a raffle coordinated by the Coaching for Literacy Mississippi State Collegiate Chapter – a group comprised of 20 MSU students.

All students who make a $5 donation will have a chance to win two all-access passes for the game on February 11th when the Bulldogs host the Gamecocks of South Carolina. The all-access passes include courtside seats, locker room access, attendance for the postgame press conference, autographed memorabilia and collegiate apparel provided by CFL partner Peter Millar.

Funds raised will support literacy efforts with the Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District. For information about the raffle, visit


Mississippi State athletics invite all fans to join the effort by following Coaching for Literacy on Twitter @coachingforlit and using the hashtag #Bulldogs4Literacy.

To learn more about how you can join the Mississippi State Bulldogs and head coach Ben Howland in the Fight for Literacy, visit


  • 64% of fourth graders are reading below the proficient level. (National Assessment of Educational Progress)
  • Literacy can help reduce the rate of crime in all of our communities. 85% of juveniles who interface with the juvenile court system cannot read. (US Department of Justice.
  • Literacy can help America's debt and everyone's wallets. Illiteracy costs businesses and taxpayers $200 billion annually and adds $230 billion annually to healthcare costs. (Communities in Schools)


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. To date 7,610 children have received direct literacy support because of the program.

"We are grateful for the partnership of Rhett Hobart, Hannah Smith, Mississippi State athletics and Coach Howland,” said Ryan Viner, executive director of Coaching for Literacy. “They are helping Coaching for Literacy and our supporters use literacy to create a brighter future for children in Oktibbeha County!”