Purple Raider Basketball Teams Participate In Dream To Read Program
January 6, 2005
Mount Union College's men's and women's basketball squads teamed up with Parkway Elementary School and participated in the National Association of Basketball Coaches Dream to Read Program, an annual national literacy program sponsored by the NABC on Thursday, January 6.
Mount Union has teamed with Parkway Elementary regularly for the past several years.
'It is important for young students to interact and see the importance of reading,' said Kathie Mathie, principal of Parkway Elementary. 'This is a great program to help promote future education. The kids have really enjoyed it and even the teachers have welcomed the college students helping out.'
The Dream to Read Program was founded to assist the literacy movement in America. The program hopes to motivate and encourage children to read for enjoyment as a lifelong practice. The program allows collegiate basketball players to serve as needed role models to the youth of their community.
'Our student athletes need to be role models in the community,' said Lee Hood, head men's basketball coach at Mount Union. 'The importance of improving overall reading skills cannot be stressed enough. Involvement in the Dream to Read Program sets a good example for these youngsters.'
The National Association of Basketball Coaches was founded in 1927 and currently claims approximately 5000 members from NCAA Divisions I, II, III, NAIA, junior college, and high school. Since its inception, the NABC has continually worked to further the best interests of the game of basketball as well as the players and coaches who participate in the sport.