This year’s annual #Fight4Literacy game will be held on Saturday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. in Charles Koch Arena when WSU Men’s Basketball team plays the University of South Florida. Donations will stay local with United Way of the Plains to support literacy programs in Title I elementary schools in the Shocker neighborhood.
The funds will be used to provide books featuring diverse characters to children from kindergarten through third grade and to enhance the ongoing Read to Succeed tutoring program. Over 400 volunteer reading coaches in the Read to Succeed program meet weekly with students for 30 minutes to listen to them read and help them improve their reading skills.
Dr. Alicia Thompson, Wichita Public Schools Superintendent, said that it’s imperative for the entire community to help increase literacy rates. “We all benefit when children are reading at grade level and focused on increasing their learning skills. We are most appreciative when the community donates funds to help buy books, supplies, and to support tutoring programs that motivate students to increase their reading proficiency so that they have a better chance of completing high school.”
Every year coaching staff and athletes across the country select a specific game to wear #Green4Literacy, as apart of the Coaching for Literacy national initiative that encourages fans to donate in support of local literacy programs. Over 40 teams are participating this year to support their local community and WSU has participated in the program for the last several years.
WSU fans won the national #Fight4Literacy championship title in 2021, raising $28,000 in donations and matching funds.
WSU Men’s Basketball Coach Isaac Brown hopes to repeat that performance in 2022. “We have some of the best fans in the nation and last year they proved how much they love our community through their generous donations. We’d love to be named the national champions again this year so that we can prepare our next generation of Shocker students to fulfill their potential and achieve their goals.”
Donations are already underway at unitedwayplains.org/literacy where fans can track the team’s #GiveLiteracy progress and see how they’re performing against 40 other colleges. The first $5,000 will be matched, doubling the impact of every gift received.
WSU fans can donate at unitedwayplains.org/literacy. $10 helps purchase two books for a child.