Head coach Kelvin Sampson and his staff will wear green lapel pins and wristbands during The fifth annual #Fight4Literacy game in Houston hosted by Coaching for Literacy. All proceeds from the sold-out contest will stay in Houston and go local Learn to read and write now.
“If you just donate $10, we can give two books for a child in the Houston area,” said Carleen O’Reilly, chief executive officer of Training to read and write. “We also offer tutoring and resources, such as a kit to get kids excited about reading. When you’ve been approved by Coach Sampson to wear lapel pins and blue bracelets leaves, people start a conversation wondering what’s going on, why they’re wearing it, and find out why that’s important when you start hearing the numbers statistical. “
The statistics are alarming. The Texas Education Agency reports more than 60% of third-graders in the Houston area do not read at the grade level. The opportunity to impact his community with more than wins and loses is why Sampson said he’s involved.
“Read to the mind what exercise is for the body,” Sampson said Friday on a Zoom call with ABC13. “I think being able to do something like this is great. It makes our kids understand how important it is to be a role model and take it seriously. There are so many young children. admire us and when they can see them outside the court, they realize that they are a lot like them.”
That’s why Saturday’s Tilt is more than just a game, and why you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.
As a current partner of #Fight4Literacy, International Paper has guaranteed a minimum donation amount of $10,000. Last year, the game raised $15,725 for local literacy efforts.
Additionally, fans can help raise money to improve literacy in the Houston area by supporting participating businesses. On Saturday, Nekter Juice Bar will raise awareness about the problem of illiteracy and donate a portion of their sales to Literacy Now. All fans have to do is mention Houston’s #Fight4Literacy Game at checkout.
Houston vs. Wichita State begins at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Fertetta Center.
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