Vanderbilt Men’s Basketball to Score Off Court this Saturday

Memphis, TN (2.15.2018) - Vanderbilt Men’s Basketball and Head Coach Bryce Drew are set to continue their partnership with Coaching for Literacy (CFL) in the nationwide Fight for Literacy.

Vanderbilt will host Coaching for Literacy’s Fight for Literacy Games initiative, which brings players, coaches, and fans together in common cause: ensuring America’s children can read.

Per the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 67% of 4th graders in Tennessee are not proficient in reading. By hosting the Fight for Literacy Games effort, the Commodores are raising awareness for thousands of young students who are struggling to read at grade-level.


Vanderbilt Men’s Basketball will host a Fight for Literacy Game at the Vanderbilt Memorial Gymnasium on February 17th against the Florida Gators. The game will tip-off at 3 p.m. CST with televised coverage scheduled for ESPN.

“Transitioning from the 3rd to 4th grade holds significant implications for a child’s future,” said Coach Drew. “If a child fails to read at grade-level by this transition, research shows he or she will likely end up in jail or on welfare. We host this Fight for Literacy Game to help more of our youth find life success.”


To raise awareness about the issues connected with illiteracy, the Vanderbilt 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.

“America is infatuated with sports yet few are aware of its problem with illiteracy,” said Trey Carroll, director of marketing for Coaching for Literacy. “32 Million American adults are functionally illiterate, and we want the color green at sporting events to be a constant reminder. We want to do for literacy what the pink ribbon has done for breast cancer.”


Commodore fans can follow the lead of their team in the Fight for Literacy. To volunteer with participating literacy programs in Nashville, please register at  

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.


  • 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.

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.