Foes On The Court Become Partners In Fight For Literacy

Feb. 9, 2017

Memphis, Tenn. --- The San José State men’s basketball team and head coach Dave Wojcik have accepted an invitation from the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels and Coaching for Literacy to partner up in the nationwide Fight for Literacy when the two programs square off this Saturday in Las Vegas.
 
To promote literacy awareness in the community, both the UNLV and SJSU coaching staffs will wear green – the official color of the Fight for Literacy.
 
It is the first time that both the home and visiting teams will participate together in a Coaching for Literacy Awareness Game, which tips off at 3:00 p.m. (PT) on Campus Insiders and the Mountain West Network.
 
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 and poverty.
 
IMPORTANCE OF LITERACY
 
  •      64% 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% of juveniles who interface with the juvenile court system cannot read. (US Department of Justice)
  •      32 million adults in America are illiterate, which is 14% of the population (US Department of Education)
 
JOIN THE REBELS AND SPARTANS IN THE FIGHT FOR LITERACY
 
UNLV and SJSU Athletics invite all fans to support literacy awareness by following Coaching for Literacy on Twitter @coachingforlit and using the hashtag #Rebels4Literacy or #SJSU4Literacy.
 
“We are very excited to partner with Coaching for Literacy and San Jose State in the Fight for Literacy,” said UNLV head coach Marvin Menzies. “UNLV men’s basketball is honored to use our platform to help the public learn about the problem of illiteracy in our communities.”
 
Although the Rebels and Spartans will be opponents on the court, it is clear they are playing for the same team off of it. “When we heard about UNLV and CFL’s partnership, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to join,” said SJSU head coach Dave Wojcik. “We look forward to see how our joint effort impacts literacy awareness in both of our communities.”
 
To learn more about how you can join the Rebels and Spartans and Fight for Literacy in your community, visit www.coachingforliteracy.org. To view the full Coaching for Literacy 2016-2017 season schedule, visit www.coachingforliteracy.org/schedule.
 
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. To date 7,610 children have received direct literacy support because of the program.
 
"This is such an exciting venture to involve both teams in the Fight for Literacy," said Ryan Viner, executive director of Coaching for Literacy. "We are thankful for Coach Wojcik and Coach Menzies’ willingness to raise awareness and make a difference in the lives of millions of American children.”