WHAT WE DO
We promote reading! 2nd & 7 has donated over 800,000 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.
READERS & LEADERS
ROLE MODEL READING PROGRAM
Our reading 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.
POSITIVE LIFE LESSONS
HOG MOLLIE BOOKS
2nd & 7 created its own book series featuring a group of friends called the Hog Mollies; each book teaches valuable life lessons. In the fall of 2023, we will distribute our 16th book in that series - The Hog Mollies and the Winter Walk with Wally.
SCHOOL READING VISITS
Student-athletes from universities and high schools across the nation are the heart 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.
FOCUS ON READING
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.
JOIN OUR HUDDLE
Our student-athlete role models encourage 2nd graders to try their best in school, do their homework, respect their teachers and classmates and READ EVERY NIGHT.
HOW WE STARTED
2nd & 7 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 pay it forward by promoting literacy and providing positive role models for children in central Ohio. That first year, they provided free books to all of the 2nd graders in 7 schools and that is how 2nd & 7 got its name.
2nd & 7 Timeline
First Football Camp
Ryan Miller, Mike Vrabel and Luke Fickell read to 2nd graders in 7 schools
First Celebrity 8-Ball Shootout
2nd & 7 hires first employee (Executive Director, Amy Hoying)
Gene Smith meeting/OSU Dept of Athletic involvement begins
The Hog Mollies and the Pickle Pie Party - first book in series is published
Board of Directors established
The Hog Mollies and the Rocky Relay Race
Program grows outside of Ohio
The Hog Mollies and the Zooming Zackle Zoit
The Hog Mollies and the Amazing Aquatic Adventure
Albuquerque, NM implements first program using high school student-athletes
The Hog Mollies and the Camp Carmen Campfire
First Derby event
The Hog Mollies and the Great Golden Gizmo
The Hog Mollies and the Big Birthday Bash
First Pay It FOREward Golf Outing
2nd & 7 grows staff by adding two new part-time positions
Grand opening of first office at 7949 N. High Street
The Hog Mollies and Sloopy the Silver Snake
First strategic planning retreat for Board of Directors
First 2.7 Day celebration
The Hog Mollies and Huddle's Healthy Halo
Staff size doubles to 4
The Hog Mollies and the Dream Discovery Day
Development Director position added to the team
The Hog Mollies and the Mummy's Mystery Maze
The Hog Mollies and Little Lily's Legacy
Staff grows by adding North East OH Regional Program Director
20th Anniversary of providing free books and positive role models to kids in need!
The Hog Mollies and the Visit with Victoria
Virtual Football Camp
Virtual Reading Program established
Jersey Mike's Day and Month of Giving Record Breaking: Over $170k raised
The Hog Mollies and Troy's Top Troop
Anonymous Donor Sparks Possibility of New Book Bank
Multi-City Bourbon Tasting Fundraiser with Bardstown Bourbon (Cincy/CLE/Cbus/Nashville)
Readers & Leaders Annual Scholarship: 1st Winners Announced
The Hog Mollies and Ike & Ivy's Ice Cream Shop
First Book Bash @ The Bridge/Speeding to Read Car Show Fundraising Event
Columbus Kids' Book Bank GRAND OPENING
Proclamation: February 7 is officially named '2.7 Day' in city of Columbus
Readers & Leaders Scholarships Awarded for 2nd year
1st public book giveaway at CKBB (OVER 4,200 books distributed!)
The Hog Mollies and the Winter Walk with Wally
Our programs have grown to nearly 200 communities in 26 states since 1999.