December 29, 2017
Fight For Literacy Continues For Men’s Basketball Team

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) — Florida State Head Coach Leonard Hamilton and Associate Head Coach Stan Jones are on the forefront of one of college basketball’s great initiatives as the Seminoles have partnered with Coaching for Literacy (CFL) to host their third annual Fight for Literacy Game against North Carolina on Wednesday, Jan. 3 at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

Coaching for Literacy’s Fight for Literacy Games empower coaches, teams, and fans to make a more literate America by participating in awareness efforts, volunteer work and fundraising activities.

According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 61% of fourth-graders in Florida are not proficient in reading. The Seminoles are doing their part to change that unfortunate statistic.

To promote the Fight for Literacy, members of the Seminole coaching staff will wear Coaching for Literacy’s Green for Literacy awareness apparel.

“The illiteracy rate in America is unacceptable,” said Jones, a founding member of the Coaching for Literacy Coaches Council. “We host Fight for Literacy Games so more Americans can become aware of this pressing issue. The Florida State family’s ‘yes’ to Fight for Literacy Games today provides children hope for tomorrow.”

Fans can support young readers in Tallahassee by pledging a donation for each assist the Seminoles make over a four game stretch from January 3rd to January 13th. Coaching for Literacy’s Impact Promise guarantees 100% of all funds raised will benefit The Early Learning Coalition in Tallahassee. To make a pledge visit: pledgeit.org/fsumbb.

“The power of literacy is priceless, but so is the power of sports”, said Matt Guse, chief executive officer of the Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend Region. “We are excited to combine both powers by partnering with Florida State and Coaching for Literacy. The more we can expose our children and our parents to the importance of reading and access to books, the more successful our children will be in school and in life.”

  • 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)

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.

To learn more about how you can make a difference for literacy efforts in your community visit www.coachingforliteracy.org and follow Coaching for Literacy on Twitter @CoachingforLit.

For more information on the Fight for Literacy Games initiative please visit www.fightforliteracygames.org and follow Fight for Literacy Games on Twitter @FightForLitGame.

 

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