We Promote Reading by: Donating Free Books to Kids In Need Providing Positive Role Models Focusing on 2nd Graders Across the Country Encouraging Student-Athletes to Pay It Forward

Donate Today The mission of The 2nd & 7 Foundation is to promote reading by providing free books and positive role models to kids in need while encouraging young athletes of the community to pay it forward.

The 2nd & 7 Foundation

Across the country, The 2nd & 7 Foundation has donated over 175,000 books to kids in need since it started in 1999. During the 2016-17 school year, The 2nd & 7 Foundation provided 7,635 books to 86 schools in central Ohio alone.

The 2nd & 7 Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Columbus, Ohio. Three former Ohio State University football players, Luke Fickell, Ryan Miller and Mike Vrabel, started the foundation in 1999. Inspired by their involvement in various community outreach programs as student athletes, they decided to continue making a difference by promoting literacy and providing positive role models for children in central Ohio. Since that time, their outreach has grown into a national effort to pay it forward. 

The purpose of the 2nd & 7 Foundation is to help promote literacy. The foundation focuses on serving schools where the need is great and on communities where we can make the biggest impact. With that in mind, we created the "Tackle Illiteracy" program.

Student-athletes from universities and high schools across the nation are a huge part of our program. They are out in the schools each week, reading to kids, handing out books, and reminding the 2nd graders why reading is so important. They also use the themes in the Hog Mollies books to reiterate valuable life lessons.

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2018 DERBY

The Derby 2018

Presented by Jersey Mike's Subs

Join us for our 5th annual Derby event on Friday, March 9 at Express Live! This fun night of horse races features big hats, bowties, auction, local celebrities, prizes, and so much more! Tickets and horses are selling quickly, so get yours today!


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Tackling Illiteracy
National Programs

Our Tackling Illiteracy program pairs student-athletes with 2nd graders all across the country. Each child reads with these positive role models and gets a new book to take home. We target schools with economically disadvantaged kids and communities where we can make the biggest impact.

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Upcoming Events  

Football Camp presented by Huntington Bank
  Mon., Jun. 25 - Wed., Jun. 27, 2018

Registration now open for the best youth camp in central Ohio!

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2018 Celebrity 8-Ball Shootout presented by Diamond Hill
  Thursday, June 28, 2018

This night is truly one-of-a-kind and has become the hottest event of the summer.

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Become a Volunteer

The gift of your time is priceless. We are grateful to the many volunteers who support The 2nd & 7 Foundation in various ways throughout the year. Volunteers help with our events such as The Derby, Football Camp and Celebrity 8-Ball Shootout. Also, we participate in many local reading events and festivals that focus on children, reading and our efforts to Tackle Illiteracy. We would love to have you join our team!

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