Feb. 7, 2014
OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss men’s basketball team has partnered with Coaching for Literacy to promote effective local elementary and middle school literacy programs.
Fans have made a donation to Coaching for Literacy to become assistant coaches at the Rebels’ game Saturday versus Missouri. The assistant coaches receive locker room access, seats behind the Ole Miss bench and postgame media access.
The money donated will go towards a local literacy program, as well as a literacy program in Memphis, where the organization is based.
“We are excited to partner with Coaching for Literacy in order to bring attention and support to a very worthy cause,” said Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy. “The ability to read and write at a productive level is the foundation from which all success is achieved. Coaching for Literacy’s mission is to aid in this fundamental skill and we wanted to be involved.”
“We are grateful towards Coach Andy Kennedy and his staff for their partnership,” said John Wilfong, Chairman of the Board at Coaching for Literacy. Ole Miss Athletics is on the move, and with their help we hope to positively impact many kids and give them a chance to advance out of their beginnings and have a say in their endings.”
The mission of Coaching for Literacy is to increase awareness about the number of people in America who are functionally or totally illiterate and the social problems associated with illiteracy. By leveraging the unique power of collegiate and professional sports, Coaching for Literacy raises money to support effective local literacy programs and schools focused on educating elementary and middle school students.