Pitt Men’s Basketball Partner in the Nationwide Fight for Literacy

Memphis, TN (2.11.2018) - Head Coach Kevin Stallings and the Pittsburgh Men’s Basketball team partner with Coaching for Literacy (CFL) to raise awareness about the issue of illiteracy in America and to provide support for young children struggling to read in Pittsburgh.

The Panthers will host Coaching for Literacy’s Fight for Literacy Games initiative on Tuesday, February 13th when the Boston College Eagles visit the Petersen Events Center. The ACC contest will tip-off at 7 p.m. EST with coverage on ESPNNEWS.

Coaching for Literacy is partnering with more than 40 NCAA programs in this season’s Fight for Literacy Games initiative. Fight for Literacy Games bring coaches, players, and fans together in a common cause: ensuring our children can read.  

PANTHERS AND EAGLES TO WEAR GREEN FOR LITERACY

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To raise awareness about the issues connected to illiteracy, Boston College and Pittsburgh’s 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.

 Per the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 59% of 4th graders in Pennsylvania are not proficient in reading. Pitt Men’s Basketball is doing its part to help change the stat and encouraging fans to get involved in the cause.

“A majority of America’s young children are failing to read proficiently by the end of the 3rd grade,” said Head Coach Kevin Stallings, a member of the Coaching for Literacy Coaches Council. “We are hosting a Fight for Literacy Game to create a brighter future for young students in Pittsburgh.”

JOIN THE PANTHERS IN THE LOCAL FIGHT FOR LITERACY

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Fans can support young students in Pittsburgh by pledging a donation for each assist recorded by the Panthers from February 13th to February 24th. To make a pledge today visit: www.pledgeit.org/pitt.

Coaching for Literacy guarantees that 100% of funds raised will benefit children in Pittsburgh through its local literacy program partner: Reading is Fundamental Pittsburgh.

“Funds raised will give us the ability to run our Everybody Wins! lunchtime literacy program,” said Allison McGee, director of operations for Reading is Fundamental Pittsburgh. “We are so excited Pittsburgh Men’s Basketball and Coaching for Literacy are teaming up with us to help more young children become literate.”

Fans are also encouraged to sign up to volunteer with the Reading is Fundamental by visiting 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

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.

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 - Trey Carroll - trey@coachingforliteracy.org - 601-720-3509

Coaching for Literacy

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