LSU men’s basketball, International Paper join with Coaching for Literacy to support community literacy efforts

Baton Rouge, LA (December 20, 2017) - Coaching for Literacy (CFL), LSU Men’s Basketball and Head Coach Will Wade partner together for the first time in a Fight for Literacy Game sponsored by International Paper.

Coaching for Literacy’s Fight for Literacy Games brings coaches, fans and teams together in common cause: ensuring our children can read.

The Tigers join over 25 NCAA programs in the effort including fellow SEC members: Alabama, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Auburn and Vanderbilt.

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The Tigers will host a Coaching for Literacy Fight for Literacy Game on December 22nd when LSU welcomes the North Florida Ospreys to the Maravich Assembly Center. The game will tip-off at 7:00pm and be televised on SEC Network.

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

“We are very excited to partner with Coaching for Literacy and International Paper in an effort to support young students in Louisiana,” said LSU head coach Will Wade. “Literacy is key issue facing our community and I am honored to take part in an effort that will create a brighter future in our great state.” 


LSU fans can Fight for Literacy by pledging a donation for each assist the Tigers make from December 22 - January 6. Coaching for Literacy's guarantees 100% of all funds raised will benefit the following local literacy programs: Central Elementary (Bogalusa), Fairview-Alpha Elementary (Campti), Mansfield Elementary and the Big Buddy Program (Baton Rouge). To make a pledge today visit: 

LSU Athletics invite all fans to join the effort by following Coaching for Literacy on Twitter @CoachingforLit and using the hashtag #IP4Literacy. For every tweet with #IP4Literacy, International Paper will donate $1 to Louisiana literacy initiatives. For promotion guidelines and additional details, please visit

“Grade-level content is crucial to improve literacy skills among our young students,” said Brooke Williams, principal of Fairview-Alpha Elementary School. “International Paper and Coaching for Literacy are making an incredible impact in our community.”

To learn more about how you can make a difference for literacy efforts in your community, visit


● 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)

● Students who do not read proficiently by the 3rd grade are 4 times more likely to drop out of school. (Annie E. Casey Foundation)


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 Coach Wade’s involvement in the Fight for Literacy,” said Ryan Viner, executive director of Coaching for Literacy. “Thanks to his support we have the opportunity to work with LSU Athletics and International Paper in an effort to provide crucial literacy support for kids across Louisiana.”

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