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

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Memphis, TN (February 9, 2017) -  Memphis Men’s Basketball and Head Coach Tubby Smith 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.

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The Tigers will host their Fight for Literacy Game on February 11th when Memphis welcomes the UCF Golden Knights to the FedEx Forum. The game will tip-off at 3:00 p.m. CST with televised coverage scheduled for CBS Sports Network.

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.


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 February 11th and ending February 22nd. To make a pledge today visit:

For every tweet with the hashtag #IP4Literacy, International Paper will donate $1 to local literacy efforts. For promotion guidelines and additional details, please visit

100% of all funds raised will remain in Memphis and will enable more than 60 elementary students to attend Memphis Teacher Residency’s MTR Camp.

“When multiplied over many years, much of the achievement gap between students of different socioeconomic statuses is explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities,” said David Montague, executive director of MTR. “We grateful for the involvement of International Paper in our efforts to reduce summer learning loss and strengthen literacy skills for Memphis children."

To volunteer with participating literacy programs in Memphis please register at  


  • 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)


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.

To get involved in the nationwide advocacy work of Coaching for Literacy please visit and follow Coaching for Literacy on Twitter @CoachingforLit.

For more information on the Fight for Literacy Games initiative please visit and follow Fight for Literacy Games on Twitter @FightForLitGame.

For Immediate Contact:

  • Coaching for Literacy - Trey Carroll - - 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.