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Revitalizing Literacy Through Sports: A Conversation with Hugh Freeze

Peter Millar presents Coaching for Literacy’s annual event “Revitalizing Literacy Through Sports – A Conversation with Hugh Freeze.” Literacy activists: Elliot Perry and Andre Turner will serve as the featured speakers for this education panel moderated by University of Memphis President, Dr. David Rudd. The event will be capped off with a lively conversation between Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze and Wayne Drash of CNN.

  • When: April 4
  • Where: Halloran Centre, 203 S Main St
  • Time: 6pm-9pm

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The event also features an inclusive social hour with food, beverages and a silent auction. Food for the event will be provided by CFY Catering with refreshments from Wiseacre Brewing Company and Tamp & Tap.

Individual tickets are $200 each and are considered a tax-deductible contribution to the collective Fight for Literacy. Tickets can be purchased online, at the Orpheum Box Office or at Laurelwood Booksellers.

The event embodies the mission of Coaching for Literacy: utilize the power of sports to raise awareness about illiteracy and generate financial support for effective literacy programs nationwide. Funds raised from this particular effort will benefit Coaching for Literacy and its local literacy partners in Memphis, Tennessee – Memphis Teacher Residency and Streets Ministries.

Today, 19% of high school graduates are functionally illiterate. Functionally illiterate is defined as “lacking the literacy level necessary for coping with most jobs and many everyday situations.” In 2014-2015, Shelby County Schools reported that only 33% of its third-graders were reading at the proficient level.

Through its programming CFL partners with 24 effective literacy programs nationwide to address the issue of illiteracy and create positive change within communities. Coaching for Literacy, Memphis Teacher Residency and Streets Ministries fight to give Memphis students the opportunity to work hard, escape their beginnings, and define their endings.

“This event brings critical awareness to an issue facing many Memphis students today – the problem of illiteracy, said John Wilfong, Board Chairman of Coaching for Literacy. “We are honored Coach Freeze, Wayne Drash, Andre Turner, Elliott Perry and David Rudd are willing to join our efforts and address this issue.”

Special thanks to the following Floor Level Sponsors for their dedication to the cause of literacy in Memphis and nationwide: McVean Trading and Investments, Olympic Industries, Rick and Karen Rodell Family Fund and UBS – Wilfong Meyer Group. For more information about sponsorship opportunities go here.

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