Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Beyond the Game: 2nd & Foundation turns 21, has grown into 172 schools

Tuesday, June 23rd 2020

COLUMBUS -- The 2nd and & 7 Foundation had its popular summer football camp derailed by Covid-19 but the virtual alternative has been a hit.
"I think we've had more attention there than the physical camp," 2nd & 7 co-founder Ryan Miller told ABC-6 Tuesday. "I'm sure it's not quite the four-hour running around and sweating like the normal camp but I'm glad kids are engaged."
The 2nd and 7 Foundation was started in 1999 by three former Ohio State Buckeye football players—Ryan Miller, Luke Fickell, and Mike Vrabel. Inspired by their involvement in various community outreach programs as student-athletes, they decided to continue to make a difference by promoting literacy and providing positive role models for children in central Ohio.
"We've seen the numbers and literacy puts kids so much further ahead and being able to achieve in school," Miller added.
Over the past 20 years, the program has grown to 180 communities in 26 states. The “Tackling Illiteracy” program encourages student-athletes from universities and high schools across the nation to participate in weekly readings in second-grade classrooms. While in the classrooms, they are reading to the kids, passing out FREE books for the kids to take home and reminding the kids why it is so important to read.
The 2nd and 7 Foundation created a book series called the Hog Mollies; each book teaches valuable life lessons. In 2020, 2nd & 7 released the 13th book in the series!
Student-athletes from universities and high schools across the nation are a huge part of our program. They are out in the schools each week, reading to kids, handing out books, and reminding the 2nd graders why reading is so important. They also use the themes in the Hog Mollies books to reiterate valuable life lessons.

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