Bucks to Show Students That Reading Is A Blast


On Tuesday, March 6, the Bucks players, along with coaches and mascot Bango, will host 1,000 Milwaukee grade school students at the Bradley Center for an afternoon of reading and entertainment at the 14th annual Bucks and Sam’s Hope Literacy Foundation Book Blast. The afternoon is geared toward building a love of reading in students.

The children will arrive at 11:45 a.m. and select a brand new book, donated by Scholastic Book Fairs, K.I.D.S. and New Threads of Hope, to take home for their own personal library before being treated to an entertainment show by Bango and company. At 1 p.m., the players and coaches will join in on the fun, dividing the students into smaller groups in order to read and discuss the books with them. The event will wrap up at 2:30 p.m.

The schools attending this year’s event are: Bruce Elementary, Hartford University School, French Immersion, Milwaukee Urban Day School – 12th and 24th Street Sites, and Travis Academy.

Sam’s Hope was founded by three local teenagers and continues to be staffed by high school and college student volunteers. This 2011-12 season marks the 14th year that the Bucks and Sam’s Hope have partnered together to place new books in the hands of thousands of children in need in Milwaukee. To view more details about the Bucks partnership with Sam’s Hope, please visit the Community Relations page on Bucks.com: http://www.nba.com/bucks/community/sams_hope.html.   


WHO:              Milwaukee Bucks players, coaches, mascot Bango, along with Sam’s Hope Literacy Foundation and 1,000 Milwaukee grade school students

WHAT:            Reading and entertainment event to promote the importance of literature to children

WHEN:            Tuesday, March 6 
                        11:45 a.m. – Students arrive at the Bradley Center
                        1-2:30 p.m. – Players and coaches read with the children

WHERE:          Bradley Center
                        1001 North Fourth Street
                        Milwaukee, WI 53203

(Reading will take place on the court)

The mission of the Milwaukee Bucks collaboration with Sam’s Hope is to build a lifelong love of reading in young people, to promote the value of reading and online literacy, and to encourage families and adults to read regularly with children. In addition to activities with Sam’s Hope, the Bucks strive to meet their mission by conducting Reading Timeouts at schools and youth centers.