June 3, 2013
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Members of the Florida Atlantic University football team read to students at Pine Jog Elementary School in West Palm Beach as part of the 2nd & 7 literacy program.
The literacy program is sponsored by the 2nd & 7 Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides free books and positive role models for kids.
Shalom Ogbonda, John Wallace, Mustafa Johnson, Christopher Chappell and Damian Fortner read to students followed by a discussion stressing the importance of reading, academic achievement, making good decisions and how to resist peer pressure all of which are especially important over the summer. Each student will receive a free book to practice reading on their own.
The student-athletes also toured the science lab and ate lunch with the elementary school students to help reinforce healthy eating habits. Shortly after lunch, the student-athletes played catch with the students.
The event was sponsored by the 2nd and 7 Foundation, which was started by former Ohio State University football players Mike Vrabel, Luke Fickell and Ryan Miller. The purpose of the foundation is to promote literacy and provide positive role models to young children. FAU is one of seven schools that participate in the program nationwide.