Tiger Football Players Reaching Out To Students
Jan. 26, 2012
MEMPHIS, TENN. - Several Memphis Football players have reached out to elementary school children by reading books in their classrooms this spring.
One of the key initiatives for the University of Memphis' Life Skills department in Athletics is the Read to Succeed program, which is a service project dedicated to helping educate youth in Memphis. U of M student-athletes travel to schools in the community and devote time reading books and spending time with students. In addition, they discuss topics such as their individual sports and the importance of staying healthy and active.
Also included in the Read to Succeed program is a book drive. The books will be collected throughout the year, and all new or gently used books will be distributed by Tiger student-athletes to Memphis City elementary schools in need.
Last week, several Tiger football players, including Jacob Karam, MarKeith Minnick, Jesse Milleson, Jordan Devey, Michael Antonescu and Tom Hornsey attended Campus School as the Secret Reader Friday special guests. There will be four additional times that U of M student-athletes will be visiting Campus School as secret readers.
And earlier this week Karam, a transfer quarterback from Texas Tech, attended First Assembly Christian School and read to the kindergarten classes that morning as they were learning the letter "Q."
U of M student-athletes, through the Life Skills department, have also "adopted" two local elementary schools in an effort to help raise the schools' state testing scores. The student-athletes will be reading to kids, helping with homework and tutoring for that program.
If you would like to donate books or would like more information on the Life Skills program at the University of Memphis, please contact Kristin Rusboldt at firstname.lastname@example.org.