Georgia Tech will combat illiteracy by hosting Coaching for Literacy’s Fight for Literacy Games initiative, which brings players, coaches, and fans together in a common cause: ensuring America’s children can read.
Per the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 66% of 4th graders in Georgia are not proficient in reading. By hosting the Fight for Literacy Games effort, Georgia Tech Men’s Basketball is raising awareness for thousands of young students who are struggling to read at grade-level.
The Yellow Jackets will host a Fight for Literacy Game at the McCamish Pavilion on January 31st against Syracuse. The game will tip-off at 8:00 p.m. ET with televised coverage on ACC Network.
“To have a shot at success in life, children must master the fundamental skill of literacy,” said Head Coach Josh Pastner, a member of the Coaching for Literacy Coaches Council. “We are honored to host the Fight for Literacy Games initiative in an effort to promote the importance of literacy in the state of Georgia.”
GEORGIA TECH STAFF TO WEAR GREEN FOR LITERACY AWARENESS
To raise awareness about the issues connected to illiteracy, the Georgia Tech coaching staff 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.
“We are making green the national symbol for literacy,” said Trey Carroll, director of marketing at Coaching for Literacy. “When you see pink at a sporting event, you think ‘breast cancer’. Due to this, those struggling with breast cancer have the support they deserve and need. We need that same level of support for children struggling with illiteracy and we know the color green can get us there.”
JOIN IN THE FIGHT FOR LITERACY
Fans can follow the lead of Georgia Tech Men’s Basketball and make a difference in the local Fight for Literacy by volunteering with Get Georgia Reading, Coaching for Literacy’s local literacy partner in Atlanta. 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 - firstname.lastname@example.org - 901.410.3633