87ers team up with YMCA for reading campaign

Bouncing a basketball at the Bear-Glasgow YMCA with three children all trying to steal it away at once, Delaware 87ers forward Drew Gordon was smiling from ear to ear.

Gordon was present on behalf of the 87ers on Thursday evening, as the YMCA is set to tip off their “Reading is a Ball” campaign in February, which provides participants with daily reading goals to promote an all-around enriching experience.

“It was great to be out here at the Bear-Glasgow YMCA, tipping off the ‘Reading is a Ball’ program,” said Gordon, who shot around with participants at the event. “It was cool to see the type of turnout in the gym today. It’s a blessing to work with these kids and give them some positive reinforcement about reading and developing in life. It’s not something that everyone can do, to me it’s a special thing and I’m blessed to be here.”

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Once a child reaches their reading goal for the month of February, they will receive a ticket to the 87ers game on Friday, Mar. 6 against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Depending on age, children from kindergarten to fifth grade who take part in the program will be challenged to read anywhere from 400 minutes to 600 minutes over the 28-day span.

The Before and After Care Enrichment program at the YMCA promotes children to engage in physical activity three different periods a week for 30 minutes each time. Senior Child Development Director for the Bear-Glasgow YMCA, Beth Ohline, is excited to partner with the Sevens, and for what this program will provide.

“The kids here at the Y are our family, and what a better way to give back to them than to put on this great reading program, partner with the 87ers and play a little bit of basketball tonight,” said Ohline on Thursday. “We’re going to read, it’s going to work for the kids and help them in school. Reading does so much, it helps with vocabulary, imagination, and takes you places you might never be able to go in real life.”

With February only days away, Ohline is read to get the program started and the pages turning.

“They’re going to be reading at home with their parents, and then we’re all going to come together and celebrate their achievements at an 87ers basketball game!”


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