Anderson Takes Timeout to Read in Broken Arrow

February 7, 2014

Tulsa 66ers forward Ron Anderson took a timeout to read at Arrowhead Elementary in Broken Arrow on Thursday afternoon, reading to a lively group of first grade students.

Anderson read “Pete the Cat”, a favorite among the students, to Arrowhead’s entire first grade. The group congregated in the school’s library, where Anderson read the book and called upon the kids to help participate in reading and answering questions about the story.

After reading, Anderson interacted with the students, signing autographs and taking a group photo.

“You could tell the kids were really excited for this,” said Anderson. “Sometimes people don’t understand the influence that athletes have on kids. They see us playing and really look up to us, so it’s important that we can stress to them the importance of reading and staying focused in school.”

For Arrowhead, having a 66ers player in the building provided a great opportunity to demonstrate to the students the importance of reading in all stages of life.

“It is so exciting to have the kids plugged in and getting to see someone like Ron,” said Jennifer Peterson, Arrowhead’s principal. “When they see a professional basketball player reading, they see that the importance of reading doesn’t stop when they end elementary school. We really appreciated the chance to get the kids really excited.”

Thursday’s reading event is just one of many community outreach programs the 66ers take part in throughout the season. To read about past community initiatives by the team, click here.