Coaching for Literacy and Jonathan Isaac Score Big for Local Literacy Efforts

Memphis, TN (October 30, 2018) - Coaching for Literacy (CFL) and Jonathan Isaac are teaming up to benefit school children in Orlando from kindergarten to 3rd grade. Isaac will host a Fight for Literacy Game on November 17th when the Orlando Magic face off against the Los Angeles Lakers. 

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Fight for Literacy Games raise awareness about the issue of illiteracy and generate financial support for effective, local literacy programs. As Jonathan takes the court on November 17th, he'll wear the color green to call attention to the importance of grade level reading. 

Per the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 59 percent of 4th graders in Florida do not read at the proficient level. To help change the stat, Magic fans can pledge a donation for each point Isaac scores during the four-game window from November 17 to November 23. 

One hundred percent of the funds raised will remain in Orlando to provide support to children participating in Orange County Public Schools Read2Succeed (OCPS) program. Jonathan Isaac will match up $5,000 of fan donations. 

“OCPS is very thankful for Jonathan Isaac’s desire to support young students through the power of literacy,” said Meg Bowen, director of elementary curriculum and instruction. “Our goal is to raise a total of $12,250 which would provide 3,500 books to a total of 500 students in the Read2Succeed program.” 

To Fight for Literacy with Jonathan Isaac and OCPS please visit www.fightforliteracygames.org/isaac

ISAAC GETS INVOLVED IN THE FIGHT FOR LITERACY

In his debut season with the Magic, Isaac displayed flashes of promise that have Orlando fans excited about the upcoming season. This promise of success on the court is matched by a willingness to make a positive impact off the court, a desire that was formed during his time as a member of the Florida State Seminoles.

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“After the Fight for Literacy Game with Florida State, I had the opportunity to read with elementary students in Tallahassee and my perspective changed,” said Isaac. “I made a decision right then and there to use my platform to try and provide kids the literacy skills necessary in life.”

As a Literacy Ambassador for Coaching for Literacy, Isaac lends his influence to support over 32 million illiterate Americans who struggle to complete everyday tasks like filling out a job application, registering to vote, and following instructions from a medical prescription.

“Our dream is to have all American children reading at grade-level by the end of 3rd grade,” said Ryan Viner, executive director of Coaching for Literacy. “This dream edges a little closer to reality with Jonathan’s decision to partner with us in the Fight for Literacy.”

ABOUT COACHING FOR LITERACY

Thanks to the support of its partners, Coaching for Literacy has conducted 103 Fight for Literacy Games funding over 75 literacy projects across more than 20 communities in 16 states and directly impacting over 10,000 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.

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

Sources: 

  • National Assessment of Educational Progress

  • U.S. Department of Education

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