Read with Reed
The Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos hosted an exciting kickoff in November. Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame wide receiver Andre Reed visited the clubhouse to launch the local Read with Reed 83 Challenge. He had already introduced the program in Buffalo, NY, Brooklyn, NY, and Cleveland, OH, before touching down in San Diego, where he now lives.
“My reading program called READ 83 has really taken off and will support Boys & Girls Clubs in NFL cities,” Reed said. “I was a Club kid who made it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Now I represent what they stand for and I know that through reading, every child can do the same. Reading is a way out!”
The program is part of Reed’s Andre Reed Foundation, which was established in 2010 with the goal of helping underprivileged children reach their full potential. Read with Reed 83 uses football to encourage children to read for 30 minutes a day. Local MVP readers – who read over 100 books in less than a month – had the opportunity to attend a Chargers game against the Buffalo Bills as Reed’s VIP guests, meeting some of the players on the field.
“Reading is tied to graduation rates and, ultimately, success rates, especially in inner cities where I plan to do my literacy programming,” Reed added. “It’s my new legacy, and my commitment to kids, to make reading cool again by incorporating pro athletes and the game of football into the program.”
A Read with Reed 83 Casino Royale event is scheduled for May 4 through 7, 2018. Ticket sales and auction items will benefit the literacy program’s growth in San Diego and surrounding areas. Learn more at www.andrereedfoundation.org.