Blogging for Books


December 10, 2018

Weston Diblasi is our Student-Athlete of the Week! This University of Missouri freshman is a member of the Wrestling team and is majoring in Secondary Education. He is an active volunteer with our literacy outreach efforts in the Columbia, Missouri area. Weston's favorite aspect of serving as a volunteer is "just getting to truly interact with the kids. Getting to see their smiles and hear their laughs really brightens my day. I just hope I do the same for them."

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December 03, 2018

Nini Wagner is our Student-Athlete of the Week! Nini is a junior at Tiffin University and plays on the Women's Lacrosse team. We love Nini's enthusiasm for visiting young readers during her two years of involvement with The 2nd & 7 Foundation's outreach. Her favorite moments involve, "being able to interact with the kids and seeing how excited they are when they get to keep the books. It is great to hear them talk about how they're going to go home and read to their families!"

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November 26, 2018

Madison Salyer is our Student-Athlete of the Week! Madison is a Senior on the Women's Tennis team at St. Francis DeSales High School in Columbus, Ohio. Madison partners with The 2nd & 7 Foundation as part of the St. Francis DeSales High School Read with a Stallion Program. Through this program, student-athletes from DeSales visit St. Anthony Parish School to read to the elementary students and to encourage them to value reading and education. Madison shares, "When I was a student at St. Anthony School it was instilled in me that serving my community and giving back was a way of life. As a Senior at St. Francis DeSales High School, that message has not changed. When I was approached about the Read with a Stallion Program that has partnered with 2nd & 7, I jumped at the chance to give back to a community that was so good to me. I love reading the Hog Mollies books and getting to know the students and I am honored to say that I am a part of these wonderful programs."

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November 19, 2018

Congratulations to Tatyana Crowder, our Student-Athlete of the Week! Tatyana is a first year graduate student at Liberty University. She studied social work during her undergraduate years and is pursuing graduate studies in public health. This Women's Basketball team member has been involved with The 2nd & 7 Foundation for one year. Tatyana shares that her favorite part of 2nd & 7 is, "Being able to use my platform as a student-athlete to see their personalities come out and the level of positive influence I can have on their day. Also, I love seeing their amazement in the college athlete lifestyle."

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November 12, 2018

We are thrilled to feature Bailey Urbach as our Student-Athlete of the Week! This is Bailey's second year of serving as a weekly volunteer with our central Ohio reading program. Bailey is an Ohio State University Rifle team member and serves as the secretary on the Ohio State Student Athlete Advisory Committee. She is also a member of the OSU Pen Pals elementary school pen pal program. Bailey is studying neuroscience and looks forward to attending medical school after graduation. Bailey shares, "Working with The 2nd &7 Foundation has shown me the power that we have as student athletes to be positive role models for kids. I love getting to meet a new group of kids every week and being able to share my love of reading with them."

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