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Student-Athletes Participate in the 2nd & 7 Literacy Program

April 11, 2013

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BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University's athletics department continued its effort to promote literacy for children as student-athletes from men's and women's basketball and dance participated in class readings at J.C. Mitchell Elementary School in Boca Raton.

The literacy program is sponsored by the 2nd & 7 Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides free books and positive role models for kids.

FAU's student-athletes, as well as men's basketball assistant coach Tim Kaine and dance team coach Lisa Snowden, divided between classes and read to 125 second-graders. After reading to the students, the student-athletes led a discussion with each class about the importance of reading and academics.

"They look up to us, so we love to come and show them what hard work has done for each of us" said dance team captain Jordan Bates. Bates was joined by teammates Noel Armstrong and Courtney Skiko.

Student-athletes from men's and women's basketball shared their long term goals with each of the classes and how staying focused and working hard has helped them achieve their dreams. Andre Mattison, Jordan McCoy and Kelvin Penn of men's basketball and Kimberly Smith and Shanequa Schrouder of women's basketball each read to a class of students.

"Today brought me back, I haven't been to an elementary school in years and it was really fun. I love working with kids and it's always a good experience" said Mattison.

The books distributed to the students to take home were donated by the 2nd & 7 Foundation which was founded by three former Ohio State University football players. FAU is one of seven universities that participates in the program.

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