The Boys & Girls Club of Allentown welcomed Andre Reed and Theresa Villano, Founder and Co-creator of the Reed with Read 83 Program. Our kids heard from Andre that reading is really cool! The Read 83 Program encourages youth to “touchdown to a good book and exercise their brain 30 minutes each day. Reading is a way out and up in America toward a Great Future! We want to thank Andre and Theresa for an exciting visit. Now, let the reading begin!
From the Andre Reed Foundation website:
Read with Reed 83
My reading program called READ with Reed 83 has really taken off supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs in 6 NFL cities this year. It will be coming to Allentown, PA and a city near you soon! I was a club kid and made it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Now I represent what they stand for and I know with reading…each underprivileged kid can do the same. Reading is a way out,” Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame receiver, Andre Reed said.
The goal is to encourage kids to exercise their mind, tackle a good book, and touchdown to READ at least 30 minutes a day.
Reading is tied to kids graduation and ultimately success rates, especially in inner cities where Reed plans to do his literacy programming.
“It’s my new legacy, and commitment to kids like me, to make reading cool again by using pro athletes and the game of football,” Reed goes on to say.