2/3 of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare.
Source(s): National Institute for Literacy, National Center for Adult Literacy, The Literacy Company, U.S. Census Bureau

STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE WEEK, DEAN DANFLOUS

October 09, 2018


Dean Danflous is a senior and varsity football player at New Albany High School in Ohio. He was introduced to many current and former student-athlete positive role models when, at the age of eight, he attended the first of many of our summer football camps. We are proud that Dean embodies the importance of paying it forward as he and his team now partner with The 2nd & 7 Foundation by reading to students in the New Albany Early Learning Center. Dean also donates his time and effort to the Special Olympics, Relay for Life, the Honor Ride and the New Albany Walking Classic. He is also a member of Alive! Student Ministry.

Dean has great things to say about his involvement with The 2nd & 7 Foundation. “As a role model and student athlete at NAHS, I think it means so much to read to the elementary children. It shows that no matter how old you are, what sport you play or wherever life takes you, reading will always be an important part of life. The students get so excited to have this time with me and being a positive influence on their education makes me happy. I was lucky enough to be paired with my kindergarten teacher and her class, which makes it extra special. If even one child decides to pick up a book because I came to read to them, then I have sent the right message with my visits.”