Crimson Tide Basketball to Square Off Against Illiteracy This Saturday

Tuscaloosa, AL (2.23.2018) - Alabama Men’s Basketball and Head Coach Avery Johnson are set to continue their partnership with Coaching for Literacy (CFL) in the nationwide Fight for Literacy.

Alabama will host Coaching for Literacy’s Fight for Literacy Games initiative, which brings players, coaches, and fans together in a common cause: ensuring America’s children can read.

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Per the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 71% of 4th graders in the state of Alabama are not proficient in reading. By taking part in Coaching for Literacy’s Fight for Literacy Games effort, the Crimson Tide is raising awareness for thousands of young students who are struggling to read at grade-level.

Alabama Men’s Basketball will host a Fight for Literacy Game at the Coleman Coliseum on Saturday, February 24th against the Arkansas Razorbacks. The game will tip-off at 5 p.m. CST with televised coverage on the SEC Network.

“An alarming number of our country’s young people are not reading at the level necessary to achieve success in life,” said Head Coach Avery Johnson, a member of the Coaching for Literacy Coaches Council. “Alabama Men’s Basketball is honored to stand up and support literacy efforts in our community and country. A win for children now is a win for our community’s future.”

ALABAMA STAFF TO WEAR GREEN FOR LITERACY AWARENESS

To raise awareness about the issues connected to illiteracy, Alabama’s coaching staff will wear Coaching for Literacy’s Green for Literacy awareness kit, showcasing a green tie provided by Peter Millar as well as a green lapel pin and wrist band.

“Few Americans are aware of our nation’s high illiteracy rate,” said Trey Carroll, director of marketing for Coaching for Literacy. “If we ever expect this to change, we must utilize the unique power of sports. With the help of over 40 NCAA programs, we are making the color green the national symbol for literacy and helping thousands of fans become more aware about the importance of this issue nationwide.”

JOIN IN THE FIGHT FOR LITERACY

Crimson Tide fans can follow the lead of their team in the Fight for Literacy. To volunteer with participating literacy programs in Alabama, please register at  coachingforliteracy.kindful.com/register/volunteer.  

To get involved in the nationwide advocacy work of Coaching for Literacy please visit www.coachingforliteracy.org and follow Coaching for Literacy on Twitter @CoachingforLit.

For more information on the Fight for Literacy Games initiative please visit www.fightforliteracygames.org and follow Fight for Literacy Games on Twitter @FightForLitGame.

IMPORTANCE OF LITERACY

  • 64% of American fourth graders are not reading at grade-level. (National Assessment of Educational Progress)

  • 85% of juveniles in the court system cannot read. (National Assessment of Adult Literacy, U.S. Department of Education)

  • Illiteracy costs the U.S. at least $225 billion annually in non-productivity among the workforce, crime and loss of tax revenue. (National Council for Adult Learning, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor)

ABOUT COACHING FOR LITERACY

Coaching for Literacy is partnering with more than 40 NCAA programs in this season’s Fight for Literacy Games initiative.

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.

For Immediate Contact:

  • Coaching for Literacy - Trey Carroll - trey@coachingforliteracy.org - 901.410.3633

St. Bonaventure Basketball Continues the Fight for Literacy On and Off the Court

Memphis, TN (2.19.2018) - St. Bonaventure Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams, led by Head Coaches Mark Schmidt and Jesse Fleming, are set to continue their involvement in the Fight for Literacy by partnering with Coaching for Literacy (CFL).

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Both teams will host CFL’s Fight for Literacy Games to raise awareness about the issue of illiteracy in America as well as help provide support for young children struggling to read in New York.

The Bonnies host the Fight for Literacy Games campaign this week with the Duquesne Dukes visiting the Reilly Center. Bonnies Men’s Basketball kicks off the effort on Wednesday, February 21st at 7:00 p.m. EST with broadcast scheduled on Facebook Live. Bonnies Women’s Basketball rounds out the initiative on Saturday, February 24th at 2 p.m. EST. 

Per the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 64% of 4th graders in New York are not proficient in reading. St. Bonaventure Basketball hosts the Fight for Literacy Games to help change the stat.

“We know if children are not literate by the end of third grade their chances for sustained academic and life success diminish radically,” said Coach Schmidt. “St. Bonaventure is committed to using its platform to advocate for these young children struggling with literacy. We are honored to partner with Coaching for Literacy to positively impact the future of young people in our community.”

ST. BONAVENTURE’S COACHING STAFFS TO WEAR GREEN FOR LITERACY

To raise awareness about the issues connected to illiteracy, St. Bonaventure’s coaching staffs will wear Coaching for Literacy’s Green for Literacy awareness kit, showcasing green lapel pins, wristbands, and Peter Millar ties and scarves.

“Most major causes have a champion in sports, except literacy,” said Trey Carroll, director of marketing for Coaching for Literacy. “We want to be that champion; we want to do for literacy what the pink ribbon has done for breast cancer. Coaches wearing green sparks the “why green” question. More Americans asking “why green” means more Americans joining the Fight for Literacy.” 

JOIN THE BONNIES IN THE LOCAL FIGHT FOR LITERACY

Fans can follow the lead of the Bonnies and support young students in New York by pledging a donation for each assist recorded by the St. Bonaventure Men’s Basketball team from February 21st to March 3rd. To make a pledge today visit: www.pledgeit.org/bonnies

Coaching for Literacy guarantees 100% of funds raised will go support children attending Allegany-Limestone Elementary and Washington West Elementary

To get involved in the nationwide advocacy work of Coaching for Literacy please visit www.coachingforliteracy.org and follow Coaching for Literacy on Twitter @CoachingforLit.

For more information on the Fight for Literacy Games initiative please visit www.fightforliteracygames.org and follow Fight for Literacy Games on Twitter @FightForLitGame.

IMPORTANCE OF LITERACY

  • 64% of American fourth graders are not reading at grade-level. (National Assessment of Educational Progress)
  • 85% of juveniles in the court system cannot read. (National Assessment of Adult Literacy, U.S. Department of Education)
  • Illiteracy costs the U.S. at least $225 billion annually in non-productivity among the workforce, crime and loss of tax revenue. (National Council for Adult Learning, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor)

ABOUT COACHING FOR LITERACY

Coaching for Literacy is partnering with more than 40 NCAA programs in this season’s Fight for Literacy Games initiative.

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.

For Immediate Contact:

● Coaching for Literacy - Trey Carroll - trey@coachingforliteracy.org - 601-720-3509

Vanderbilt Men’s Basketball to Score Off Court this Saturday

Memphis, TN (2.15.2018) - Vanderbilt Men’s Basketball and Head Coach Bryce Drew are set to continue their partnership with Coaching for Literacy (CFL) in the nationwide Fight for Literacy.

Vanderbilt will host Coaching for Literacy’s Fight for Literacy Games initiative, which brings players, coaches, and fans together in common cause: ensuring America’s children can read.

Per the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 67% of 4th graders in Tennessee are not proficient in reading. By hosting the Fight for Literacy Games effort, the Commodores are raising awareness for thousands of young students who are struggling to read at grade-level.

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Vanderbilt Men’s Basketball will host a Fight for Literacy Game at the Vanderbilt Memorial Gymnasium on February 17th against the Florida Gators. The game will tip-off at 3 p.m. CST with televised coverage scheduled for ESPN.

“Transitioning from the 3rd to 4th grade holds significant implications for a child’s future,” said Coach Drew. “If a child fails to read at grade-level by this transition, research shows he or she will likely end up in jail or on welfare. We host this Fight for Literacy Game to help more of our youth find life success.”

VANDERBILT TO WEAR GREEN FOR LITERACY AWARENESS

To raise awareness about the issues connected with illiteracy, the Vanderbilt Coaching staff will wear Coaching for Literacy’s Green for Literacy awareness kit, showcasing a green tie provided by Peter Millar as well as a green lapel pin and wrist band.

“America is infatuated with sports yet few are aware of its problem with illiteracy,” said Trey Carroll, director of marketing for Coaching for Literacy. “32 Million American adults are functionally illiterate, and we want the color green at sporting events to be a constant reminder. We want to do for literacy what the pink ribbon has done for breast cancer.”

JOIN IN THE FIGHT FOR LITERACY

Commodore fans can follow the lead of their team in the Fight for Literacy. To volunteer with participating literacy programs in Nashville, please register at  coachingforliteracy.kindful.com/register/volunteer.  

To get involved in the nationwide advocacy work of Coaching for Literacy please visit www.coachingforliteracy.org and follow Coaching for Literacy on Twitter @CoachingforLit.

For more information on the Fight for Literacy Games initiative please visit www.fightforliteracygames.org and follow Fight for Literacy Games on Twitter @FightForLitGame.

IMPORTANCE OF LITERACY

  • 64% of American fourth graders are not reading at grade-level (National Assessment of Educational Progress)

  • 85% of juveniles in the court system cannot read. (National Assessment of Adult Literacy, U.S. Department of Education)

  • Illiteracy costs the U.S. at least $225 billion annually in non-productivity among the workforce, crime and loss of tax revenue. (National Council for Adult Learning, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor)

ABOUT COACHING FOR LITERACY

Coaching for Literacy is partnering with more than 40 NCAA programs in this season’s Fight for Literacy Games initiative.

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.

For Immediate Contact:

  • Coaching for Literacy - Trey Carroll - trey@coachingforliteracy.org - 901.410.3633

Pitt Men’s Basketball Partner in the Nationwide Fight for Literacy

Memphis, TN (2.11.2018) - Head Coach Kevin Stallings and the Pittsburgh Men’s Basketball team partner with Coaching for Literacy (CFL) to raise awareness about the issue of illiteracy in America and to provide support for young children struggling to read in Pittsburgh.

The Panthers will host Coaching for Literacy’s Fight for Literacy Games initiative on Tuesday, February 13th when the Boston College Eagles visit the Petersen Events Center. The ACC contest will tip-off at 7 p.m. EST with coverage on ESPNNEWS.

Coaching for Literacy is partnering with more than 40 NCAA programs in this season’s Fight for Literacy Games initiative. Fight for Literacy Games bring coaches, players, and fans together in a common cause: ensuring our children can read.  

PANTHERS AND EAGLES TO WEAR GREEN FOR LITERACY

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To raise awareness about the issues connected to illiteracy, Boston College and Pittsburgh’s coaching staffs will wear Coaching for Literacy’s Green for Literacy awareness kit, showcasing a green tie provided by Peter Millar as well as a green lapel pin and wrist band.

 Per the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 59% of 4th graders in Pennsylvania are not proficient in reading. Pitt Men’s Basketball is doing its part to help change the stat and encouraging fans to get involved in the cause.

“A majority of America’s young children are failing to read proficiently by the end of the 3rd grade,” said Head Coach Kevin Stallings, a member of the Coaching for Literacy Coaches Council. “We are hosting a Fight for Literacy Game to create a brighter future for young students in Pittsburgh.”

JOIN THE PANTHERS IN THE LOCAL FIGHT FOR LITERACY

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Fans can support young students in Pittsburgh by pledging a donation for each assist recorded by the Panthers from February 13th to February 24th. To make a pledge today visit: www.pledgeit.org/pitt.

Coaching for Literacy guarantees that 100% of funds raised will benefit children in Pittsburgh through its local literacy program partner: Reading is Fundamental Pittsburgh.

“Funds raised will give us the ability to run our Everybody Wins! lunchtime literacy program,” said Allison McGee, director of operations for Reading is Fundamental Pittsburgh. “We are so excited Pittsburgh Men’s Basketball and Coaching for Literacy are teaming up with us to help more young children become literate.”

Fans are also encouraged to sign up to volunteer with the Reading is Fundamental by visiting coachingforliteracy.kindful.com/register/volunteer.  

IMPORTANCE OF LITERACY

  • 64% of American fourth graders are not reading at grade-level. (National Assessment of Educational Progress)

  • 85% of juveniles in the court system cannot read. (National Assessment of Adult Literacy, U.S. Department of Education)

  • Illiteracy costs the U.S. at least $225 billion annually in non-productivity among the workforce, crime and loss of tax revenue. (National Council for Adult Learning, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor)

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 get involved in the nationwide advocacy work of Coaching for Literacy please visit www.coachingforliteracy.org and follow Coaching for Literacy on Twitter @CoachingforLit.

For more information on the Fight for Literacy Games initiative please visit www.fightforliteracygames.org and follow Fight for Literacy Games on Twitter @FightForLitGame.

For Immediate Contact:

● Coaching for Literacy - Trey Carroll - trey@coachingforliteracy.org - 601-720-3509

LA Tech Men’s Basketball Joins Coaching for Literacy in the Nationwide Fight for Literacy

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Memphis, TN (2.9.2018) - Head Coach Eric Konkol and the LA Tech Men’s Basketball team partner with Coaching for Literacy (CFL) to raise awareness about the issue of illiteracy in America and provide support for young children struggling to read in Ruston.

The Bulldogs will host Coaching for Literacy’s Fight for Literacy Games initiative on February 10th when the Old Dominion Monarchs visit The Samuel M. Thomas Assembly Center. The contest will tip-off at 6 p.m. CST.

Coaching for Literacy is partnering with more than 40 NCAA programs in this season’s Fight for Literacy Games initiative. Fight for Literacy Games bring coaches, players, and fans together in a common cause: ensuring our children can read.  

BULLDOGS AND MONARCHS TO WEAR GREEN FOR LITERACY

To raise awareness about the issues connected to illiteracy, the LA Tech and Old Dominion coaching staffs will wear Coaching for Literacy’s Green for Literacy awareness kit, showcasing a green tie provided by Peter Millar as well as a green lapel pin and wrist band.

 Per the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 71% of 4th graders in Louisiana are not proficient in reading. LA Tech Basketball hosts a Fight for Literacy Game to help change that stat.

“Literacy at a young age is crucial for life success, yet the majority of our 4th graders fail to read proficiently,” said Head Coach Eric Konkol. “This has to change in order for more of our youth to avoid poverty or even jail. Louisiana Tech Athletics is excited to partner with Louisiana Tech University’s College of Education and Coaching for Literacy to help young students in Ruston.”

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JOIN THE BULLDOGS IN THE LOCAL FIGHT FOR LITERACY

Fans can support young students in Ruston by pledging a donation for each assist recorded by LA Tech Men’s Basketball from February 10th to February 22nd.

Century Link will match the first $2,000 donations. To make a pledge today visit: https://pledgeit.org/latech.

Coaching for Literacy guarantees that 100% of funds raised will benefit children in Ruston through its local program partner: Dogs With a Cause, an initiative coordinated by Louisiana Tech University’s College of Education.

“The power of literacy is priceless and so is the power of sports. This is why Dogs With a Cause exists,” said Amy Vessel, director of Dogs With a Cause. “Athletes are ‘coached’ by clinical residents in the College of Education Clinical Residency program to help teach young children. We are grateful for Coaching for Literacy and Century Link and the opportunity to grow our work.”

IMPORTANCE OF LITERACY

  • 64% of American fourth graders are not reading at grade-level. (National Assessment of Educational Progress)

  • 85% of juveniles in the court system cannot read. (National Assessment of Adult Literacy, U.S. Department of Education)

  • Illiteracy costs the U.S. at least $225 billion annually in non-productivity among the workforce, crime and loss of tax revenue. (National Council for Adult Learning, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor)

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 get involved in the nationwide advocacy work of Coaching for Literacy please visit www.coachingforliteracy.org and follow Coaching for Literacy on Twitter @CoachingforLit.

For more information on the Fight for Literacy Games initiative please visit www.fightforliteracygames.org and follow Fight for Literacy Games on Twitter


For Immediate Contact:

● Coaching for Literacy - Trey Carroll - trey@coachingforliteracy.org - 601-720-3509