Arizona Men’s Basketball to Hoop for Literacy 

Tuscon, AZ (1.26.2018) - Arizona Men’s Basketball and Head Coach Sean Miller continue in their partnership with Coaching for Literacy (CFL) and add momentum to the nationwide Fight for Literacy.

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Arizona 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), 70% of 4th graders in Arizona are not proficient in reading. By hosting the Fight for Literacy Games effort, the Wildcats are raising awareness for thousands of young students who are struggling to read at grade-level.

Arizona Men’s Basketball will host a Fight for Literacy Game at the McKale Memorial Center on January 27th against the Utah Utes. The game will tip-off at 3:30 p.m. MST with televised coverage on FOX.

“We need to do everything in our power to get our young students reading proficiently by the end of 3rd grade,” said Head Coach Sean Miller. “We are grateful to partner with Coaching for Literacy to support kids in Arizona through the power of literacy.”

ARIZONA AND UTAH STAFFS TO WEAR GREEN FOR LITERACY AWARENESS

To raise awareness about the issues connected to illiteracy, both 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. 

“When people see green on their favorite team’s coaching staff, we want them to pause and ask ‘why’,” said Trey Carroll, director of marketing at Coaching for Literacy. “Once a fan asks this question they will become aware of the problem and have an opportunity to be a part of the solution. To decrease the number of children struggling with illiteracy in America, we need everyone to do their part in the Fight for Literacy.”

JOIN IN THE FIGHT FOR LITERACY

Fans can follow the lead of the Wildcats and make a difference in the Fight for Literacy by volunteering with Literacy Connects, Coaching for Literacy’s local literacy program partner. If interested, 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

Coaching for Literacy

CFL empowers coaches, players, teams & fans to make a more literate America by participating in awareness efforts, volunteer work & fundraising activities.