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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 2020-2021 school year, even with the challenges brought by COVID, we were still able to distribute thousands of new books 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 former 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 22 years, the program has grown to nearly 200 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 its own book series featuring a group of friends called the Hog Mollies; each book teaches valuable life lessons. During the 2021-22 school year, we will distribute our 14th book in that series - The Hog Mollies and Troy's Top Troop. 

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.

Our focus is to encourage 2nd graders to become readers. Studies have shown that if children are not reading well by the end of 2nd grade, there is trouble ahead. We are committed to getting books in the hands of children who need them the most. For many kids we visit, the book we give them may be the only book they have at home.

Our volunteer role models encourage 2nd graders to try their best in school, do their homework, respect their teachers and classmates and READ EVERY NIGHT.

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Tackling Illiteracy
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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
  Saturday, August 27, 2022

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Book Bash at the Bridge

Book Bash at the Bridge
  Saturday, August 27, 2022

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Central Ohio Fall Golf Outing

Central Ohio Fall Golf Outing
  Saturday, August 27, 2022

The 8th Annual Pay It FOREward Golf Outing benefiting The 2nd & 7 Foundation is a one-of-a-kind outing that will feature great food, fun contests and more, all on a fantastic course.

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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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