1 in 4 children in America grow up without learning how to read
Source(s): National Institute for Literacy, National Center for Adult Literacy, The Literacy Company, U.S. Census Bureau

Ike Kelley Receives First 'Legacy of Literacy' Award

October 02, 2018

Columbus, OH, October 5, 2018 – The 2nd & 7 Foundation is proud to announce former Ohio State Buckeye and Philadelphia Eagle, Dwight “Ike” Kelley, as this year’s recipient of the inaugural Legacy of Literacy Award. A standout member of The Ohio State Buckeyes football team, Kelley played under the legendary Coach Woody Hayes, earning both All-Big Ten and All-American honors in 1964 and 1965. He served as a co-captain for the 1965 season and finished his collegiate career with not only a 7-2 record that year, but also a win in Ann Arbor.

The Philadelphia Eagles selected Kelley in the 17th round of the NFL draft, where he quickly gained the respect of the fans. During his time with the Eagles, the special teams were nicknamed “Kelley’s Killers,” until his retirement in 1973.

"Ike Kelley embodies what it means to be a Buckeye and personifies the Pay It Forward mentality that we hope to instill in young athletes throughout the country. Ike has been a strong supporter of The 2nd & 7 Foundation and has helped us grow beyond our wildest dreams,” says co-founder and former Buckeye, Ryan Miller. A program that began in seven 2nd grade classrooms in central Ohio is now active in 25 states throughout the nation, serving tens of thousands of kids each year. Supporters like Ike make the work we do possible and allow us to continue to positively impact children nationwide.

Miller adds that, “it is only fitting we honor Ike Kelley during the 2018 Pay It FOREward Golf Outing for his dedication to Tackling Illiteracy. We are so happy to have Ike in our huddle and if you ask any former Buckeye, they will tell you that we should all strive to BE LIKE IKE!"

The 2nd and 7 Foundation provides positive role models and books to kids in need to promote childhood literacy, and encourages student athletes in the community to pay it forward.