Sept. 23, 2013
WACO, Texas - The Baylor men's basketball program has started the Read-to-Win program in an effort to encourage Waco elementary school students to read daily and work hard in the classroom, head coach Scott Drew announced Monday.
"Baylor Men's Basketball is excited to announce this new partnership with Waco ISD and the Central Texas community," Drew said. "Reading is an essential skill that all students must excel at to succeed in today's society, and our 'Read to Win' program is designed to convey this idea, while also making it a fun and exciting activity at the same time."
Five Waco elementary schools will participate in the program's inaugural year - Bell's Hill, Brook Avenue, West Avenue, J.H. Hines and South Waco. Baylor players will visit the schools to introduce the program this week, and the players will return for a follow-up visit before the program ends on Dec. 2.
All classrooms in grades 3-5 will participate, bringing the total to 1,116 students. Each student will receive a certificate of participation, as well as one ticket and up to three additional tickets for family members to a Baylor game against Northwestern State (Dec. 18), Southern (Dec. 22), Oral Roberts (Dec. 30) or Savannah State (Jan. 3).
"As a program, we understand the importance that our players have in the surrounding community, and we are happy to have the opportunity to let our student-athletes make a positive impact on Waco school children and give the children the chance to meet some of their role models," Drew said. "In addition, the program allows for Waco students, who might otherwise be unable to attend our basketball games, the opportunity to see their favorite players in person at home games this season. We are very eager to start the program and hope that we will be able to fill the Ferrell Center with over 1,000 dedicated young readers."
All teachers and school administrators will also receive two game tickets for supporting the program, and the highest reader at all five schools will receive a basketball autographed by coach Drew and will be recognized on-court at halftime during a game.