NCAA Basketball Coaches Join Coaching for Literacy Coaches Council

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:

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

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

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, a symbol to be shown in nearly 30 Fight for Literacy Games this season. 

A close up of the Coaching for Literacy lapel pin, 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, visitwww.coachingforliteracy.org.