Ole Miss Hoops Once Again Partners with Coaching for Literacy
Andy Kennedy
Feb. 18, 2015

OXFORD, Miss. - The Ole Miss men’s basketball team has partnered with Coaching for Literacy (CFL) again this season to promote effective local elementary and middle school literacy programs. The Rebels will bring the fight to illiteracy through Coaching for Literacy’s Assistant Coach Program when they battle the Georgia Bulldogs Feb. 25.

Coaching for Literacy’s Ole Miss Chapter, comprised of current Ole Miss students, will coordinate the details of the game, fundraise, and generate awareness about the problem of illiteracy in American communities. The chapter has chosen Barksdale Reading Institute, Mississippi Children’s Museum and Leap Frog as the recipients of the funds generated as a result of the Assistant Coach Program with the Ole Miss Rebels.

“We are excited to once again 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 in that pursuit.”

“We know that literacy is the key to our success as students at Ole Miss, and as members of society,” said Matt Bolton (class of 2017), president of CFL’s Ole Miss Chapter. “With illiteracy rates in Mississippi and nationwide in mind, our group firmly believes we can not sit by and watch as fellow community members struggle to become literate. Through our partnership with Ole Miss basketball, our weekly volunteer work with Leap Frog in Oxford, MS, and financial support of literacy programs we are doing our part to give others the key to success - literacy. It is our goal to set this season’s attendance record for Ole Miss basketball to show the nation that Ole Miss students are Rebels for literacy.”


 

 

The concept of the Assistant Coach Program is simple: Ole Miss students can make a monetary donation to Coaching for Literacy, entering them into a raffle to win a once in a lifetime fan experience with the Rebels. The raffle winner gets to bring a friend along to be “Assistant Coaches” at the game against UGA. Courtside seats, locker room access, attendance at the postgame press conference, autographed memorabilia, a picture with Ole Miss head cach Andy Kennedy, and college specific attire provided by CFL partner Peter Millar are just some of the perks the winners will receive. The proceeds are then allocated by CFL to The Barksdale Reading Institute, Mississippi Children’s Museum and Leap Frog.

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