Coaching for Literacy (CFL), head coach Mark Schmidt and the St. Bonaventure Bonnies men's basketball team will join together for the first time in the nationwide Fight for Literacy.
The Bonnies join over 20 NCAA programs in the effort to raise awareness about illiteracy in America.
St. Bonaventure will host a Coaching for Literacy Awareness Game on Jan. 7 when the Bonnies host the Patriots of George Mason in the Reilly Center. The staff will wear Coaching for Literacy's green lapel pins to promote the Fight for Literacy.
"We are excited to join a lot of great coaches and programs in this initiative," said Coach Schmidt. "Raising awareness about the problems illiteracy creates gives our society a chance to have a brighter future."
According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, 64% of 4th graders in America are not reading at or above the proficient level. 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, poverty and the economy.
St. Bonaventure Athletics invites fans to join the effort by following Coaching for Literacy on Twitter @coachingforlit and using the hashtag #Bonnies4Literacy in social media posts.
Thanks to the support of sports teams and generous donors over the past three seasons, Coaching for Literacy has funded over 50 literacy projects across 20 communities in 11 states. The initiative has provided literacy training to over 7,610 kids.
"We are honored to partner with both the Bonnies men's and women's basketball teams for the first time in our organization's history," said Gray Blocker, program director of Coaching for Literacy. "The Bonnies commitment to serve their community is a positive example we should all follow."