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Posted on 01/16/2018
Akron Athletics to Use Grant for Reading Program at McEbright
AKRON, Ohio – Akron Athletics has partnered with McEbright Community Learning Center in a "Reading with the Zips" program.

Beginning in October, UA student-athletes will visit the school each month to read books with the children to encourage good reading practices.

Additionally, as part of the reading program, Akron Athletics will provide grant money from the Mid-American Conference and the College Football Foundation to McEbright, will provide a check to purchase $5,000 worth of books for the students to take home and read over the summer, so they do not fall behind while out of the classroom.

In conjunction with Extra Yard for Teachers Week, Akron Athletics will present McEbright principal Debra Musiek with a check at the Zips' football game against Iowa State on Saturday, Sept. 16.

During the 2017-18 academic year, the MAC is providing $60,000 -- $5,000 for each athletic program – for academic initiatives at elementary and/or secondary schools. This is the first year of the MAC's community program and will become an annual event.

"I am extremely pleased to see the diversity of community programs our athletic programs have partnered for this upcoming season," said Dr. Jon A. Steinbrecher, MAC Commissioner. "Our students, coaches and athletic administrators support their campus communities with events throughout the year and this opportunity only enhances our support within each community."
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