MEMPHIS, TENN. - Coaching for Literacy (CFL) and VCU Head Coach Will Wade continue their partnership in the nationwide fight for literacy.
Coach Wade and his staff will promote the Fight for Literacy by wearing Coaching for Literacy's green literacy awareness apparel during the game.
"I am honored to once again partner with Coaching for Literacy," said Coach Wade. "We believe our joint effort to improve literacy will pay off for students here in Richmond and nationwide."
Coaching for Literacy works with sports teams nationwide to generate awareness about the importance of literacy and its impact on social issues such as employment, crime, poverty and the economy.
IMPORTANCE OF LITERACY
- 64 percent of fourth graders are reading below the proficient level. (National Assessment of Educational Progress)
- Literacy can help reduce the rate of crime in all of our communities. 85 percent of juveniles who interface with the juvenile court system cannot read. (US Department of Justice)
- Literacy can help America's debt and everyone's wallets. Illiteracy costs businesses and taxpayers $200 billion annually and adds $230 billion annually to healthcare costs. (Communities in Schools)
JOIN THE RAMS IN THE FIGHT FOR LITERACY
VCU Athletics invite all fans to join the effort by following Coaching for Literacy on Twitter @coachingforlit and using the hashtag #Rams4Literacy.
Because of the support of VCU and generous CFL donors last season, the Children's Museum of Richmond distributed over 1,000 books to students. The books were given at "Family Reading Nights," designed to discourage summer learning loss and encourage literacy skills.
"Coaching for Literacy and VCU's support was an important piece in our Family Reading Night program," said Rachael Aroudane, volunteer manager of the Children's Museum. "We are very thankful for the local support they give to work to improve literacy skills in Richmond."
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. CFL's efforts have directly benefitted 7,610 children across the U.S.
"We are thankful to continue our partnership with Coach Wade and the Rams," said Ryan Viner, executive director of Coaching for Literacy. "VCU's involvement had such a positive influence in the community last season and we hope to continue to support the Children's Museum of Richmond's important work."