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
JOIN THE CAUSE
2nd & 7 has donated over half 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.
2nd & 7's book bank accepts new and gently used book donations to give to schools, teachers and kids who need them.
High school and college student-athlete volunteers are reading with 2nd graders all across the country.
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.
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.
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.
Need some 2nd & 7 gear? We've got some great options here to proudly show your support of our mission.
2023 ANNUAL CAMPAIGN
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT
Stanford University published a study on oral reading fluency and found that students in 2nd and 3rd grade were approximately 30% behind what would be expected in a typical year. Literacy is foundational in solving problems in healthcare, unemployment, crime rates and poverty so much so that if literacy skills increase by just 1%, the potential boost to the economy would be ∼ $240 BILLION (source Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy).
MAKING AN IMPACT
OUR READING PROGRAMS
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.
READERS & LEADERS
STUDENT-ATHLETE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
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.