Together, we can make a stand for grade-level reading.
In October of 2018, my wife, Megan, and I teamed up with United Way and Read by 4th , investing a full quarter of my 2018 NFL salary toward bringing free books, literacy resources, and volunteer mentoring services to families of young readers in Philadelphia and across the nation.
I invited other NFL players to join in this mission and saw athletes from across the NFL express a desire to do their part. With the help of First Book, seven other states saw children impacted for the better through these efforts, setting up a stronger future for our families as a result.
Thank you, Philly fans and fans across the country, for your contributions and support of First Quarter for Literacy. Let’s continue the mission and ensure that all children are enabled for a lifetime of success.
First Quarter For Literacy Playbook:
GET IN THE GAME
1st DOWN: Home Libraries
When reading means having more fun with you, children love it. Set up a cozy space for reading together and for growing a library at home. To get started, your neighborhood librarian can help your child find books that match their reading level and interests.
2nd DOWN: School Attendance
When it comes to getting to school on time, every day is game day. That’s because reading is taught first thing in the morning. So, get the clothes and backpack ready the night before. Set a regular wake-up time. And have a backup plan to the backup plan.
3rd DOWN: Reading Moments
Learning is all around us—from reading signs on the way to school and letting your child write the grocery list to spelling out the E-A-G-L-E-S chant. A big win in reading takes making the most of the smallest moments.
With fans like ours, anything is possible.
Last year, it was reported that two out of three students in Philadelphia were not reading at grade level by the time they started 4th grade. Together, the people of Philly all rallied to change this fact and setup our children for a lifetime of success.
Over the past year, we brought over 25,000 books to 5,000 children in need, seeding at-home libraries and creating community book nooks in 6 North Philadelphia neighborhoods.
The mission is only just beginning! Join our team of athletes and fans and give now to ensure every child in the United States is reading by 4th grade.
Looking to donate books IN PHILADELPHIA? Visit TreeHouse BookS.
Real change takes teamwork.
Across the United States, NFL players joined the cause of supporting early literacy in 2019. For every donation made by a player on an opposing team to First Quarter for Literacy, Chris Long matched it up to $25,000. The combined funds provided books for children in need across the country.
Cities Impacted by First Quarter for Literacy
Tampa Total Number of Books Distributed: 4,508 Total Number of Children Reached: 870 Donation by Beau Allen, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Los Angeles Total Number of Books Distributed: 15,168 Total Number of Children Reached: 3,320 Donation by Andrew Whitworth, Los Angeles Rams
Chicago Total Number of Books Distributed: 12,012 Total Number of Children Reached: 2,352 Donated by Kyle Long, Chicago Bears
BOOKS DONATED SO FAR: 79,628
The mission is only just beginning! join our team of athletes and fans and give now to ensure every child in the United States is reading by 4th grade
Rural Mississippi Total Number of Books Distributed: 8,412 Total Number of Children Reached: 1,605 Donated by Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia Eagles
New York City Total Number of Books Distributed: 6,058 Total Number of Children Reached: 1,170 Donated by Connor Barwin, New York Giants
Atlanta Total Number of Books Distributed: 7,870 Total Number of Children Reached: 1,574 Donated by Malcolm Mitchell, Retired