Wake Forest Literacy Program Kicks Off Next Week
Sep 4, 2013
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest Athletic Department has once again teamed with the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools to encourage reading throughout all fourth grade classes this year in honor of the late Skip Prosser, Wake Forest's head basketball coach from 2001-07.
Coach Prosser was an avid reader who emphasized the importance of reading to all student-athletes who played for him. It was instilled in him by his mother, Jo Prosser, who was a teacher throughout her professional career.
The Wake Forest Literacy Program, which had 34 area elementary schools participate last year, will kick off at Brunson Elementary School on Monday, Sept. 9. Demon Deacon student-athletes will be on hand that morning to read to the fourth-grade students.
Wake Forest Athletics will also be at 13 other Forsyth County elementary schools over a two-week period to read to students and promote the Literacy Program.
Students will earn prizes as they reach benchmarks based on how many books they read during the 11-week program. The highest level will be the "Deacon Champion." Those students will receive a complimentary ticket to the Feb. 1 men's basketball game against Georgia Tech and will be honored during halftime of the game.
The Wake Forest Literacy Program is held in conjunction with the Skip Prosser Classic, a men's basketball game scheduled on a yearly basis with Xavier University where Prosser served as head coach from 1994-2001.
This year's Skip Prosser Classic will be held on Dec. 28 at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 at 5:30 p.m. ET. The Deacons have won two of the first three games in the series, including a 66-59 win in Winston-Salem last season.
For more information about the Wake Forest Literacy Program, please contact the Wake Forest Sports Marketing office at (336) 758-5011 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.