TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – In a partnership based upon teamwork and the desire to boost literacy in the Big Bend, the Florida State basketball team and the Coaching for Literacy organization enjoyed one of the most successful campaigns in the three-year history of the program during the 2015-16 season. Coaching for Literacy, a program designed to raise awareness about illiteracy in America and also generate financial support for effective, local literacy programs, enjoyed one of its top fundraising efforts with the help of the Seminoles.
The partnership raised funding that enabled hundreds of kids to receive direct literacy support from the Early Learning Coalition in Tallahassee. A total of 13,000 books were provided to kids in need in the area.
The Florida State basketball team and associate head coach Stan Jones made a big impact on their community,” said Ryan Viner, executive director of the Coaching for Literacy Program. “Our team would be honored to have the opportunity to continue its partnership with the Florida State’s men’s basketball program.”
Florida State joined forces with 17 other NCAA schools and the Washington Wizards as a partner of the Coaching for Literacy and its Assistant Coach Program. The program achieves the mission of the organization by permitting individuals to receive an all-access fan experience in exchange for a donation to a local literacy initiative. The Seminole men’s basketball program and the Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend Region joined forces to raise awareness about the number of people who are functionally or totally illiterate in the United States.
“Our partnership with Coaching for Literacy is very important to our team and to me personally,” said Jones. “We are looking forward to an even bigger year in 2017 as we continue to partner with what I think is an extremely important program. It’s great to be able to give back to a community that supports the Seminoles every time we step onto the court.”