Illiteracy has become such a serious problem in our country that 44 million adults are now unable to read a simple story to their children.
Source(s): National Institute for Literacy, National Center for Adult Literacy, The Literacy Company, U.S. Census Bureau


The 2nd & 7 Foundation and My Special Word Partner for a Visit to St. Anthony School in Columbus, OH

Posted on: 04/25/2018

Author and business owner Dwight Smith and Ohio State student-athletes representing The 2nd & 7 Foundation recently visited Columbus St. Anthony School. 

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Betty Fairfax HS Press Release

Posted on: 04/19/2018

Celebrating 7 years with Betty Fairfax HS in our huddle!


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2018 Jersey Mike's Day of Giving Segment on Good Day Columbus

Posted on: 03/27/2018

Segment shares information about 2018 Jersey Mike's Day of Giving in central Ohio

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2018 Jersey Mike's Day of Giving Promo on Wall to Wall Sports

Posted on: 03/24/2018

Support The 2nd & 7 Foundation by visiting one of the 18 central Ohio Jersey Mike's locations on Wednesday, March 28th.

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Rose Bowl Foundation Adopts Cleveland Elementary School in Pasadena

Posted on: 02/07/2018

Article discusses Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation partnership with 2nd & 7 and kick off celebration plans.

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UCLA Bruins Read with 2nd graders at yCleveland Elementary

Posted on: 02/07/2018

#2and7day write up about UCLA visit to Cleveland Elementary

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The 2nd & 7 Foundation Celebrates 2.7 Day

Posted on: 02/05/2018

The 2nd & 7 Foundation will reach over 5,000 children across the country in celebration of 2.7 Day. 

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Ohio State Marching Band members work to promote literacy in Columbus schools

Posted on: 11/09/2017

Members of the Ohio State Marching Band are volunteering with The 2nd & 7 Foundation, an organization dedicated to improving literacy in local schools!

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The 2nd & 7 Foundation - Impact Video 2017

Posted on: 09/26/2017

Highlights of The 2nd & 7 Foundation reading program and growth

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Pittsburgh Names Heather Lyke AD

Posted on: 06/07/2017

A true champion of The 2nd & 7 Foundation, Heather Lyke has demonstrated her passion to pay it forward during her time at The Ohio State University, as Athletic Director at Eastern Michigan University, and now, as the new AD at the University of Pittsburgh. 

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La Cueva High athletes take time to read to first graders

Posted on: 02/09/2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Athletes from La Cueva High took a break from the field and court Tuesday to do something good in the classroom — they read to first graders at E.G. Ross Elementary as part of Jammie Read Day.

“They love it. It’s a lot of fun. They really like how we’re in high school and they think it’s really cool,” Brandon Atkins, basketball player, said.

The student athletes have been doing this for the past five years and said helping these kids never gets old.

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Posted on: 02/08/2017

Scarlet & Gray sports teams & student-athletes support 2nd & 7 Foundation on day devoted to readers & leaders!

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ABC6/FOX28 #2and7Day

Posted on: 02/07/2017

Clay Hall of ABC6/FOX28 takes viewers "Beyond the Game" as he cover The 2nd & 7 Foundation reading at Tremont Elementary School in Columbus, OH.

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OSUACMC Again Partners with 2nd & 7

Posted on: 01/31/2017

For the 2nd consecutive year The Ohio State University Alumni Club of Muskingum County (OSUACMC) is conducting a special community service project in conjunction with The 2nd & 7 Foundation and Zanesville City Schools to provide books for all 2nd grade students in the city’s three elementary schools.  

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Hog Mollies look to help second-graders read

Posted on: 01/11/2017

As part of a new literacy program, high school and university athletes will visit second-graders in the Canton City School District, Holy Cross Academy and Claymont City Schools to read to them and impart life lessons.

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Posted on: 11/22/2016


Featuring Mitchell's work volunteering for The 2nd & 7 Foundation

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2nd & 7 Welcomes Claymont High School

Posted on: 11/16/2016

Claymont High School athletes visited Claymont Elementary during their Right to Read Celebration. The high school athletes read to the second graders from the Hog Mollies series. The Hog Mollies books are provided free of charge by the Second and Seven Foundation, founded by former Ohio State University football players Luke Fickell, Ryan Miller and Mike Vrabel, who started the Foundation in 1999

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Clear Fork student athletes read as part of 2nd & 7

Posted on: 12/01/2015

In November, ten high school athletes visited Bellville and Butler Elementary schools to read to the second grade classes, as part of the Second and Seven Foundation program.

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Reading foundation donates books to Park Ave 2nd graders

Posted on: 11/12/2015

‘Ooohs’ and ‘ahhs’ of excitement were heard one recent game-day Friday as Mount Gilead Park Ave second grade students poured through the new books that each student received to take home.

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Panera Bread Donates $1,000 To 2nd & 7

Posted on: 06/05/2015

Panera Bread donated $1,000 to The 2nd & 7 Foundation at the ribbon cutting ceremony at its new location in Delaware, Ohio. 

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The Magical World of Reading

Posted on: 01/29/2015

The 2nd & 7 Foundation visits Stiles ES. 

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Hometown Heroes visit Williams Avenue Elementary

Posted on: 01/18/2014

The second graders at Williams Ave. Elementary School are participating in a unique educational experience.  Through the efforts of Lieutenant Tom McCabe, City of Norwood Fire Department, they have been given the opportunity to participate in the 2nd & 7 Foundation, based out of Columbus, Ohio. 

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Ohio State Athletes Make Reading Fun

Posted on: 12/24/2013

If football players at The Ohio State University need an example of the rewards of giving back, they need to look no further than two of their coaches. Defensive coordinator Luke Fickell and defensive line coach Mike Vrabel are among the co-founders of The 2nd & 7 Foundation, which promotes literacy and an active lifestyle among central Ohio youth.

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Football Players Participate in 2nd & 7 Literacy Program

Posted on: 11/22/2013

Several members of the football team have been promoting literacy to local elementary students through the 2nd & 7 Literacy Program.

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Buckeyes Give Back Through 2nd & 7

Posted on: 11/05/2013

Almost 15 years ago, three former Ohio State football players had the idea to read to children at local elementary schools. That simple idea has turned into the 2nd & 7 Foundation, which is now an athletics department-wide effort to give back to the community.

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2nd and 7 Foundation Receives OELMA 2013 Literacy Leader Award

Posted on: 10/01/2013

The 2nd and 7 Foundation received OELMA's first Literacy Leader Award for its efforts in Ohio and across the nation for their work promoting literacy among economically disadvantaged children and their communities.

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EMU is Building Readers and Leaders with the 2nd & 7 Foundation

Posted on: 09/25/2013

Expectations are high for student-athletes at Eastern Michigan University. Dedication to one's sport, studies and overall involvement with the Ypsilanti community are all part of the privilege of being an Eagle. By donning the Green and White, EMU student-athletes become role models for children across the region.

To continue to further make a difference in the lives of children, the EMU Department of Athletics has partnered with the 2nd & 7 Foundation out of Columbus, Ohio to be a part of the "Tackle Illiteracy" program. The mission of the 2nd & 7 Foundation is to help promote literacy by providing free books and positive role models for kids in need.

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2nd & 7 Foundation comes to Tuscarawas County

Posted on: 04/26/2013

A satellite program for the 2nd & 7 Foundation kicked off in schools across Tuscarawas County on Wednesday, April 24.

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Student Athletes Participate in the 2nd & 7 Program

Posted on: 04/11/2013

Florida Atlantic University's athletics department continued their effort to promote literacy for children as student-athletes from men's and women's basketball and dance participated in class readings at J.C. Mitchell Elementary School in Boca Raton. The literacy program is sponsored by the 2nd & 7 Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides free books and positive role models for kids.

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Community Outreach

Posted on: 02/04/2013

On Thursday, January 31st, student-athletes from The Ohio State University visited Horizon Elementary.  The athletes were there as volunteers for the 2nd and 7 Foundation's Reading Program.  

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Nurtured Pets joins with 2nd & 7 Foundation to tackle illiteracy

Posted on: 05/28/2009

Eighty-eight percent of children who have difficulty reading at the end of 1st grade experience similar difficulties at the end of 4th grade. To help improve this, Lauren International Inc., parent company of Nurtured Pets, has partnered with the 2nd & 7 Foundation to help instill the joy of reading in children.

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Buckeyes Help 2nd & 7 Foundation Celebrate 10th Anniversary

Posted on: 10/01/2008

The foundation, started by former Ohio State football players, commemorates anniversary with its first published book.

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