WHAT WE DO
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.
READERS & LEADERS
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.
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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 2022, we will distribute our 15th book in that series - The Hog Mollies and Ike & Ivy's Ice Cream Shop.
SCHOOL READING VISITS
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.
2ND & 7
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.
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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.
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 former student-athletes, they decided to continue to make a difference by promoting literacy and providing positive role models for children in central Ohio.
2nd & 7 Timeline
First Football Camp
Ryan, Mike and Luke 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 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 grows to 2 full-time and 2 part-time positions
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
The Hog Mollies and Troy's Top Troop
Our programs have grown to nearly 200 communities in 26 states since 1999.