International Paper Presents Coaching for Literacy’s Fight for Literacy Game with the Memphis Tigers

Memphis to host Fight for Literacy Game on January 27th

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Memphis, TN (January 4, 2019) -  Memphis Men’s Basketball and Head Coach Penny Hardaway are set to host a Fight for Literacy Game sponsored by International Paper.

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

The Tigers will host their Fight for Literacy Game on January 27th when Memphis welcomes the UCF Knights to the FedEx Forum. The game will tip-off at 3 P.M. CT with televised coverage scheduled for CBSSN.

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

“Only 33% of 4th graders in TN are reading at the proficient level. International Paper's sponsorship of the Fight for Literacy Games initiative provides hope that we can change the statistic and create brighter futures for children through the power of literacy,”  Memphis Tigers Head Coach, Penny Hardaway.


According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 67% of 4th graders in the state of Tennessee are not reading at the proficient level.

International Paper and Memphis Men’s Basketball are working to change this statistic and invite Tiger fans to get involved in the local Fight for Literacy.

Memphis fans can pledge a donation for each assist the Tigers record over a four game stretch starting January 27th to February 7th. To make a pledge today visit:   

To promote the importance of reading at grade-level by the end of 3rd grade International Paper will donate $3 for each use of the hashtag #IP4Literacy. For promotion guidelines and additional details, please visit

100% of all funds raised will remain in Memphis and will enable positive impact at Memphis Teacher Residency’s MTR Camp.

To volunteer with participating literacy programs in Memphis please register at  


  • 65% 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)


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


International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper products with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, North Africa, Russia and India. International Paper produces corrugated packaging products that protect and promote goods, and enable world-wide commerce; pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal hygiene products that promote health and wellness; and papers that facilitate education and communication.

International Paper is headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., and employs approximately 52,000 colleagues located in more than 24 countries. Net sales for 2017 were $22 billion. For more information about International Paper, their products, and global citizenship efforts, please visit

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