Austin Toros Partner with Leading Through Reading to Host Book Drive

The Austin Toros are proud to partner with Leading Through Reading in their effort to improve literacy and education by hosting a book drive Thursday, June 6th at Cover 3 starting at 7:00pm. Cover 3 is located at 2700 W. Anderson Lane in Austin. Those in attendance who donate new or gently used books will receive 2013-2014 Austin Toros ticket vouchers in exchange.

Leading Through Reading is a non-profit organization founded by Texas Longhorn and Austin Toros forward, Alexis Wangmene. Migrating from Cameroon at the age of 14 in hopes of better opportunities, Wangmene played for the University of Texas from 2007-2012 and earned a bachelor's degree in French. Following his graduation, Wangmene played for the Toros during the 2012-2013 season. He is currently pursuing a master's degree from the University of Texas.

"I'm really excited to be able to partner with the Austin Toros to host an event for a cause that is really near to my heart," said Wangmene. "With their help, we can not only collect books, but raise awareness on the importance of literacy and education."

The inspiration to start Leading Through Reading was born out of the communities of Maroua, Cameroon, Wangmene's home region. Primary schooling in Cameroon is free (up to age 14) but families incur costs for uniforms, books, and supplies. Those who continue their education into secondary school must also pay for tuition, along with uniforms, books and supplies. Inaccessible educational and reading materials are leading causes of adult and child illiteracy in the region. More information can be found at www.leadingthroughreading.org.

"I'm extremely proud of all the work Alexis is doing with his organization, Leading Through Reading," said Austin Toros General Manager Sean Marks. "It shows his commitment to bettering the community, which is something the Austin Toros always strive to do."

For more information about the book drive, contact the Austin Toros at 512-236-8333 or visit www.austintoros.com.