Thanks to the Children's Literacy and Reading News Roundup, presented by The Reading Tub and Jen Robinson's Bookpage for pointing out that congratulations are in order for the National Center for Family Literacy and the Women’s National Basketball Association.
Starting in June, the national literacy initiative encouraged young students to read throughout the WNBA season and track their minutes online in their "Fast Break to Reading" program. They recently announced that youth across the country collectively read more than 1 million minutes!
Ten WNBA teams participated in the Fast Break To Reading program: the Atlanta Dream, Chicago Sky, Connecticut Sun, Detroit Shock, Indiana Fever, Los Angeles Sparks, New York Liberty, Phoenix Mercury, Seattle Storm, and Washington Mystics. Each team tipped off a local program in June in collaboration with a local literacy organization. The teams also worked with Pitney Bowes to hold Reading Timeouts with area youth to read and speak about the importance of literacy and education.
National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) helped raise awareness of literacy and education, encouraged young students to participate, and offered tips for families on how to make reading more fun and effective during the season.
Congratulations to all!
Visit the Fast to Break to Reading YouTube channel to watch videos of WNBA players reading to children.