WNBA Read to Achieve

Read to Achieve is a year-round, league-wide initiative supported by all 30 NBA teams, 13 WNBA teams, and 6 NBDL teams that promotes the value of reading and on-line literacy and encourages families and adults to read regularly with young children. It is the most extensive educational outreach initiative in the history of professional sports. The program includes the annual donation of more than 200,000 books through a variety of reading events and book fairs, as well as the development of essay contests and on-line programs and the creation of Reading and Learning centers throughout North America.

WNBA READ TO ACHIEVE COMPONENTS

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WNBA Read to Achieve Summer Reading Season Tip-Off Event:
In May the WNBA and each of its teams hold Read to Achieve ‘Tip-Off’ events to signify the beginning of the WNBA Read to Achieve Summer Reading Season.

Local Reading Time-Outs:
All WNBA teams hold Reading Time-Outs, a minimum of one per month, in their local markets throughout the WNBA season.

NBA/WNBA All-Star Reading Teams:
The NBA/WNBA All-Star Reading Teams are comprised of WNBA players and other members of the NBA/WNBA family including NBA/WNBA officials, network broadcasters, hosts of NBA shows, senior executives of NBA & WNBA sponsors, selected government officials (i.e. Secretary of Education, Senators) and entertainment celebrities.

NBA Store Events:
Throughout the year, WNBA players from around the league participate in Read to Achieve events at the NBA Store when their teams are in town for games.

Reading & Learning Centers:
Teams also work to establish team branded Reading Corners in their markets. These centers can serve as a hub for team programs and events year round.

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