Wake Forest Teams With Local Schools for Literacy Program

Sept. 14, 2010

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 season in honor of Skip Prosser, the head coach of the Demon Deacons men's basketball team from 2001-07.

The Wake Forest Literacy Program, which had 27 area schools participate last season, is held in conjunction with the Skip Prosser Classic, a men's basketball game scheduled on a yearly basis with Xavier University. Prosser was the head men's basketball coach at Xavier from 1994-2001.

The second annual Skip Prosser Classic is scheduled for December 18, 2010, at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Wake Forest won the inaugural game in the event last season, posting a 96-92 double-overtime defeat of Xavier on Jan. 3, 2010, in Winston-Salem.

Fourth graders will have the opportunity to read as many books as possible from September 20 through November 24 in order to win different prizes from Wake Forest Athletics.

This year's program began on Monday, September 13, at Petree Elementary School. Demon Deacon basketball players Gary Clark and Carson Desrosiers were on hand for the kickoff event.

Students who participate in the program and read at least 15 books in the allotted time frame will be awarded a free ticket to a Wake Forest basketball game this December. Each child involved in the program will receive an official Wake Forest bookmark.

The late Coach Prosser was an avid reader who emphasized the importance of reading to all student-athletes who played for him throughout his coaching tenure. It was instilled in him by his mother, Jo Prosser, who was a teacher throughout her professional career.



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