Reading Champions

Program Overview:

The University of Minnesota Student-Athlete Development Department, St. Jude Medical Foundation, Lerner Publishing Group, Minnesota Library Association, and RBC Wealth Management have all come together to create the Reading Champions Program. This program highlights the importance of reading for today’s youth, specifically targeting K-8 students. It serves to show our youth the possibilities they can achieve if they can learn to read; demonstrating to them that reading is a necessary skill needed to succeed. Gopher student-athletes travel to local elementary and middle schools to promote this program through reading to children, presentations about the importance of learning to read, and personal stories of how reading has enhanced their lives.

     

Program Objectives:

  • Encourage and facilitate reading among students
  • Student-athletes provide real life examples of how reading has helped them become Division I student-athletes
  • Show the importance of learning to read at a young age to succeed throughout college
  • Promote goal setting
  • Emphasize the importance of academic success

How to get started!
If your class, school, or organization would like to have our student-athletes help promote and emphasize the importance of reading in students’ lives begin the process by filling out this form online at: https://www.macdata.umn.edu/saw/eventreq_form.php

If you have any questions regarding the program please e-mail Vanessa Johnston at joh10907@umn.edu.

     

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