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Coaching For Literacy Awareness Game This Saturday

Feb. 9, 2017

LAS VEGAS ( - Coaching for Literacy (CFL) and the UNLV men's basketball team are partnering together for the first time in the nationwide Fight for Literacy.

UNLV head coach Marvin Menzies and the Runnin' Rebels will host a Coaching for Literacy Awareness Game on Saturday, February 11. In partnership with the Runnin' Rebels, the San Jose State Spartans and head coach Dave Wojcik will take part in the Fight for Literacy.

To promote literacy awareness in the community, both the UNLV and SJSU coaching staffs will wear green -- the official color of the Fight for Literacy. The game will tip-off February 11th at 3:00 p.m. PT from the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas and be shown on the Mountain West Network.

Coaching for Literacy works with sports teams nationwide to generate awareness about the importance of literacy and its impact on social issues such as employment, crime and poverty.


• 64% of fourth graders are reading below the proficient level. (National Assessment of Educational Progress)

• Literacy can help reduce the rate of crime in all of our communities. 85% of juveniles who interface with the juvenile court system cannot read. (US Department of Justice)

• 32 million adults in America are illiterate, which is 14% of the population (US Department of Education)


UNLV and SJSU Athletics invite all fans to support literacy awareness by following Coaching for Literacy on Twitter @coachingforlit and using the hashtag #Rebels4Literacy or #SJSU4Literacy.

"We are very excited to partner with Coaching for Literacy and San Jose State in the Fight for Literacy," said UNLV head coach Marvin Menzies. "UNLV men's basketball is honored to use our platform to help the public learn about the problem of illiteracy in our communities."



Although the Rebels and Spartans will be opponents on the court, it is clear they are playing for the same team off of it. "When we heard about UNLV and CFL's partnership, we couldn't pass up the opportunity to join," said SJSU head coach Dave Wojcik. "We look forward to see how our joint effort impacts literacy awareness in both of our communities."

To learn more about how you can join the Rebels and Spartans and Fight for Literacy in your community, visit To view the full Coaching for Literacy 2016-2017 season schedule, visit


Thanks to the support of sports teams and generous donors, Coaching for Literacy has funded over 50 literacy projects across 20 communities in 11 states. To date 7,610 children have received direct literacy support because of the program.

"This is such an exciting venture to involve both teams in the Fight for Literacy," said Ryan Viner, executive director of Coaching for Literacy. "We are thankful for Coach Wojcik and Coach Menzies' willingness to raise awareness and make a difference in the lives of millions of American children."

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