Andy Burczyk, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City Corporate Board Member, introduces the rules of the BIG Game: Dribble, Pass, Read! program to Club members.

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS AND NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BASKETBALL COACHES TIP OFF READING PROGRAM IN KANSAS CITY

News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 10, 2016

For Interviews or More Information:
Sharon Cleaver, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City
Phone:  816-462-0136 Mobile: 816-674-3721
Email Address:scleaver@helpKCkids.org / Web site:  www.helpKCkids.org

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS AND NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BASKETBALL COACHES TIP OFF READING PROGRAM IN

KANSAS CITY
Reading Program Motivates Youth Through a Series of Challenges 

Kansas City, Mo – Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City announced today the “Tip-Off” of The BIG Game: Dribble, Pass, Read! – a targeted middle school reading initiative.  The program in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) is designed to inspire and motivate youth to read in a literacy project-based challenge. On Tuesday, February 9th, Boys & Girls Club members from around the Kansas City metropolitan area gathered at the College Basketball Experience to mark the launch of the program.

The eight week BIG Game: Dribble, Pass, Read!  program will take the youth through a series of individual and team point-based challenges. Individual points are earned by reading on your own. Team points are earned by completing challenge tasks including reading to younger kids and writing a team literary review. The program culminates with participants visiting the Clubs’ partner institution of higher learning for the BIG Game: Dribble, Pass, Read! program, the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS. Teams with the highest point accumulation will participate in an exclusive roundtable discussion with University’s men’s basketball coach, Bill Self.

“The importance of reading has long been stressed as part of the core mission of the Clubs,” said David A. Smith, President and Club Alumnus, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City. “This program reinforces the significance of reading and comprehension to youth in our community. When you read more, you learn more!”

The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of America and National Association of Basketball Coaches Foundation is to prepare the next generation of leaders. Kansas City is one of five cities nationwide chosen to pilot the BIG Game: Dribble, Pass, Read! program.

About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City

For more than one hundred years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City has provided a fun and safe environment for youth, ages 5-18, to learn, play, meet new friends and grow. From sports, digital arts and media to group            activities and tutoring, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City provides top-quality programs to nearly 1,000 area youth each day.  Whether it is learning how an individual can make a difference in his/her community or learning how to play basketball or swim – the Clubs strive to help youth feel important and put their dreams of a great future within reach. For more information, visit www.helpKCkids.org or facebook.com/helpKCkids

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