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


May 27, 2020

Volunteer Spotlight: Andrew English


We are inspired by the many volunteers in our huddle that support our mission to promote reading by providing free books and positive role models to kids in need while encouraging young athletes of the community to pay it forward. Always willing to roll up his sleeves, Andrew English has served as a volunteer with our foundation for over five years. Andrew’s infectious enthusiasm and willingness to tackle any job make him a “Big Hero” in our huddle!


Andrew is a great supporter of our efforts to “Tackle Illiteracy”. In 2016, he helped establish our program at his alma mater, Bishop Watterson High School. Through this program, high school student-athletes from various athletic teams visit Columbus-area elementary schools each year, such as Trevitt Elementary, St. Brigid School, St. Brendan School, Our Lady of Peace School and Immaculate Conception School. Thanks to Andrew’s efforts, Bishop Watterson student-athletes value the importance of using their platform to pay it forward to young readers. 


You’ll find Andrew filling many roles at our annual events. During our summer youth football camp, Andrew serves as a volunteer coach. In this capacity, he is instrumental in helping us share the fundamentals of football, while stressing important character traits with over 400 campers. Andrew serves as a leader at our fundraising events, working alongside our dedicated team of volunteers to ensure the events run smoothly while raising funds in support of our mission. Andrew is one of the first to step up when an opportunity arises, such as donning a Hog Mollies mascot costume at local events. We are grateful for the many shoes Andrew eagerly fills and his willingness to go above and beyond in support of The 2nd & 7 Foundation!

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