Miami Women’s Basketball partner with Coaching for Literacy

Coral Gables, FL (11.20.2017) - Head Coach Katie Meier and the Miami Women's Basketball team host a Fight for Literacy Game to support literacy efforts at George Washington Carver Elementary in Coral Gables.

Coaching for Literacy’s (CFL) Fight for Literacy Games brings coaches, players and fans together in a common cause: ensuring our children can read. 

Miami Women’s Basketball will host a Fight for Literacy Game at the Watsco Center on November 21st against the New Orleans Privateers. The game will tip-off at 11 A.M. ET with television coverage on the ACC Network Extra.

To promote the Fight for Literacy, the Miami coaching staff will wear Coaching for Literacy’s Green for Literacy awareness apparel provided by Peter Millar.

“It is exciting to use the power of basketball as a platform to raise awareness about the issue of illiteracy in our community,” said Head Coach Katie Meier. “We know this effort will have a powerful impact on students at George Washington Carver Elementary.” 

JOIN THE LADY HURRICANES VIA THE ASSIST FOR LITERACY

Fans can support students at George Washington Carver Elementary by pledging a donation for each assist the Hurricanes make over a four game stretch starting November 21st and ending November 30th. To make a pledge today visit: www.fightforliteracygames.org.

“It is essential that we do all we can to support literacy in our community,” said Patricia Fairclough, principal of George Washington Carver Elementary. “We are very thankful for the work Coaching for Literacy and Miami basketball are doing to better our students and their ability to read.”

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.

We are grateful for the support of Miami Athletics in our Fight for Literacy Game initiative,” said Ryan Viner, executive director of Coaching for Literacy. “We are confident children at George Washington Carver Elementary will have brighter futures thanks to the support of Miami Women’s Basketball.”

To learn more about how you can make a difference for literacy efforts in your community visit www.coachingforliteracy.org.

For Immediate Contact:

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