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2nd & 7

The mission of 2nd & 7 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.

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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



2nd & 7 has donated almost a million books to kids in need all across the country since it started in 1999. By engaging thousands of college and high-school student-athlete volunteers across the country, we are inspiring the next generation of readers and leaders. To hear about the program from 2nd & 7's co-founders Luke Fickell, Ryan Miller and Mike Vrabel, click here.

Columbus Kids' Book Bank

2nd & 7's book bank accepts new and gently used book donations to give to schools, teachers and kids who need them.

Reading Program

High school and college student-athlete volunteers are reading with 2nd graders all across the country.

Digital Books

2nd & 7 writes its own series of books featuring a group of friends - the Hog Mollies - who learn a valuable life lesson in every adventure. The collection is available for free on our website.

Start a Program

We make it easy for high school and college teams to pay it forward by implementing our reading program in any community across the country.


Our reading program is fully funded by people just like you, and every dollar makes a big difference.

Gifts & Sponsorships

The easiest and most convenient way to donate to our mission at any time is on our website.


We value your gift of time and would love your participation in reading events, fundraisers and at the Columbus Kids' Book Bank.

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2nd & 7 Kids

Check out our kids website filled with books, coloring pages, videos, helpful links & more!

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2nd & 7 Marks 25th Anniversary

In 2024, 2nd & 7 is celebrating 25 YEARS of our mission 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. We are truly grateful for the amazing community of generous people who have supported our mission through the years.

Your generosity allows us to continue to grow our outreach. Through our Role Model Reading Program and the new Columbus Kids' Book Bank we will continue to do everything we can to TACKLE ILLITERACY and support our most precious resource, our children.




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

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High-school and college student-athletes from all across the county volunteer as positive role models for the children we visit throughout the year in our reading program. They read with the 2nd graders and take the time to discuss the life lesson contained in each story.