Cavaliers Partner with Coaching for Literacy 

Memphis, TN (January 19, 2016) - Coaching for Literacy (CFL), associate head coach Ron Sanchez and the University of Virginia Cavaliers join together for the second straight year in the nationwide Fight for Literacy.

The Cavaliers join a host of NCAA programs in the effort, including fellow ACC member Florida State University.

"Reading empowers young people and changes lives," said Coach Sanchez. "I believe Coaching for Literacy is shining a light on an issue that can dramatically impact education in our county.

Associate head coach Ron Sanchez partners with Coaching for Literacy (Above)

Associate head coach Ron Sanchez partners with Coaching for Literacy (Above)

According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, 64% of 4th graders in America are not reading at or above the proficient level. Coaching for Literacy works with sports teams nationwide to generate awareness about the importance of literacy and its impact on social issues such as employment, crime, poverty and the economy.  

UVA will host a Coaching for Literacy Awareness Game on January 21st when the Cavaliers take on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The staff will wear Coaching for Literacy’s green apparel to promote the Fight for Literacy. UVA Athletics welcome all fans to join the effort by following Coaching for Literacy on Twitter @coachingforlit and using the hashtag #Cavaliers4Literacy.

Book Buddies of Charlottesville City Schools had a tremendous impact in reading levels among its students last year. With the support of UVA, Coach Sanchez and generous CFL donors, Book Buddies purchased an iPod for each school and enough books for each student to take home a new book every other month.

“Our students will continue to benefit from Coaching for Literacy’s donation for many years,” said Jeanette Rosenberg, program coordinator of Book Buddies. “We are very grateful for UVA’s support and involvement in this worthwhile effort.”

“Coach Sanchez and the entire UVA coaching staff are such an asset to the Fight for Literacy,” said Gray Blocker, program director of Coaching for Literacy. “Book Buddies is doing great work within their school district and we are honored to be a part of the positive impact in Charlottesville.”

To learn how you can join the Fight for Literacy in your community, visit www.coachingforliteracy.org.