The Nationwide Fight for Literacy Grows With Miami Men’s Basketball

Coral Gables, FL (11.25.2017) - Head Coach Jim Larrañaga and Miami Men’s Basketball are set to host their first Fight for Literacy Game, benefiting literacy efforts at Frances S. Tucker Elementary School.

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

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The Hurricanes will host their Fight for Literacy Game in the Watsco Center on November 25th, 2017 against the North Florida Ospreys. The game will tip-off at 4 P.M. ET and be televised on Regional Sports Network.

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

JOIN THE HURRICANES VIA THE ASSIST FOR LITERACY

Fans can support students at Frances S. Tucker Elementary by pledging a donation for each assist Miami makes over a four game stretch starting November 25th and ending December 5th. To make a pledge today visit:www.fightforliteracygames.org

 “Reading at grade level by 3rd grade is one of the largest factors contributing to success in a person’s life”, said Annette Degoti, principal of Frances S. Tucker Elementary School. “We are excited to partner with Coaching for Literacy and Miami basketball to increase the reading levels of our young children.”

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.

Coaching for Literacy is fueled by our belief that every individual deserves the opportunity to become literate,” said Trey Carroll, Coaching for Literacy’s director of marketing. “This partnership with Miami Men’s Basketball will help ensure more young children gain that opportunity.”

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 - 601-720-3509
  • Miami Athletics - Carter Toole - jct108@miami.edu - 305-284-3245