We Promote Reading by: Donating over 150,000 Free Books 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 150,000 books to kids in need since it started in 1999. During the 2015-16 school year, The 2nd & 7 Foundation provided 6,947 books to 76 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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YOU are the hero to the kids we serve. Please consider a gift to our Annual Campaign so we can continue to provide free books and positive role models to kids in need. 

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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  

The Derby
  Friday, March 10, 2017

This fun evening of bow ties and big hats features VIP mingling, wagering on "live" horse races, unique auction items and much more. All proceeds benefit The 2nd & 7 Foundation, an organization committed to fighting illiteracy.

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Football Camp
  June, 2017

This is where it all began. Our camp has grown from 40 campers to 400 campers since it started in 1999. Kids ages 7-14 learn football fundamentals with an emphasis on character building & FUN. These are 3 days of the summer that your kids don’t want to miss.

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Celebrity 8-Ball Shootout
  Thursday, June 29, 2017

The ‘hottest’ event of the summer is definitely the Celebrity 8-Ball Shootout. Individual or corporate teams are paired with a local celebrity to compete in a billiards tournament. Featuring live music, food and a live and silent auction, this always promises to be a memorable evening.

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Pay it Foreward Golf Outing
  August, 2017

Just ask anyone who has been there before, this is one of the best golf outings of the year. Celebrity pairings, unique prizes and a fun pre-event reception are just some of the many highlights of this outing. You will never see a larger group of former Buckeyes chasing that little ball around the green!

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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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