Coach Holtmann and The Buckeyes Join Nationwide Fight for Literacy

Columbus, Ohio (January 15,2019) - Head Coach Chris Holtmann and Ohio State Men’s Basketball partner with Coaching for Literacy (CFL) for the first time to raise awareness about the issue of illiteracy in America and to provide support for young children struggling to read in Columbus.

The Buckeyes will host Coaching for Literacy’s Fight for Literacy Games initiative on February 7th when the Penn State Nittany Lions visit The Schottenstein Center. The Big Ten contest will tip-off at 7 P.M. CT with coverage on ESPN2.

Fight for Literacy Games bring coaches, players, and fans together in a common cause: ensuring our children can read.

To raise awareness about the issues connected to illiteracy, the Ohio State 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.

Per the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 61% of 4th graders in Ohio are not proficient in reading. Ohio State Men’s Basketball is doing its part to help change the stat and encouraging fans to get involved in the cause.

JOIN THE BUCKEYES IN THE LOCAL FIGHT FOR LITERACY

Fans can support young students in Columbus by making a flat donation or pledging a donation for each assist recorded by the Buckeyes from February 7th - February 17th. To make a pledge today visit: www.pledgeit.org/buckeyesforliteracy.

Coaching for Literacy guarantees that 100% of funds raised will benefit children who take part in the literacy programming of the Second and Seven Foundation in Columbus.

Fans are also encouraged to sign up to volunteer with the Second and Seven Foundation by visiting www.coachingforliteracy.kindful.com/register/volunteer.  

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 50 NCAA programs in this season’s Fight for Literacy Games initiative.

Since 2014, our partners have helped us conduct over 100 Fight for Literacy Games with more than 50 NCAA teams. Donors across the country have assisted us in funding 77 literacy projects which supported more than 10,000 kids and 500 volunteers in 23 communities nationwide.

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 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.

For Immediate Contact:

● Coaching for Literacy - Chandler Ferguson - chandler@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.