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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 half a million books to kids in need since it started in 1999. During the 2019-2020 school year, even with the challenges brought by COVID, over 181 programs were implemented in 23 states, with over 90,000 new books distributed to children in need by positive role models from high schools and universities throughout the country.

The 2nd and 7 Foundation was started in 1999 by three former Ohio State Buckeye football players—Ryan Miller, Luke Fickell, and Mike Vrabel. Inspired by their involvement in various community outreach programs as student-athletes, they decided to continue to make a difference by promoting literacy and providing positive role models for children in central Ohio.  Over the past 21 years, the program has grown to over 180 communities in 26 states. The “Tackling Illiteracy” program encourages student-athletes from universities and high schools across the nation to participate in weekly readings in second-grade classrooms. While in the classrooms, they are reading to the kids, passing out FREE books for the kids to take home and reminding the kids why it is so important to read. The 2nd and 7 Foundation created a book series called the Hog Mollies; each book teaches valuable life lessons. In 2021, we will be releasing the 14th book in the series! 

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.

While COVID has brought many challenges, our reading program continues to impact the community. Student-athlete role models are visiting classrooms virtually every day. We are still here, and we are ready to read! CLICK FOR IMPORTANT VIDEO


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FOOTBALL CAMP IS BACK

FOOTBALL CAMP IS BACK

We are thrilled to announce that our 2021 Football Camp will be held June 21, 22 and 23 in Hilliard. Campers will enjoy three days of football fundamentals, with a focus on fun!

Camp will be held in 2 different sessions to allow for more spacing, so be sure to sign up today to reserve your spot! Space is limited!

 

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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 2nd & 7 Foundation Football Camp

The 2nd & 7 Foundation Football Camp
  Mon., Jun. 21 - Wed., Jun. 23, 2021

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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