NEW YORK, Oct. 22 -- The NBA announced its first-ever National All-Star Reading Team featuring NBA and WNBA players, coaches, celebrities from the worlds of film and music and the parents, spouses and families of NBA players and coaches. The announcement tips off Read to Achieve Week which takes place Monday, Oct. 22 through Friday, Oct. 26.

During Read to Achieve Week, the NBA's 29 teams will host local reading events to introduce their communities to the members of their local All-Star Reading Teams and the NBA's Read to Achieve Program.

Among the members of the inaugural National All-Star Reading team will be NBA stars Ray Allen, Jerry Stackhouse, Grant Hill, Antawn Jamison, Jason Kidd, Allan Houston, Karl Malone, Stephon Marbury and Vince Carter; NBA Commissioner David Stern, Executive Director of the National Basketball Players Association Billy Hunter and NBA Legend Bob Lanier; Executive Producer and co-host of NBA's Inside Stuff Ahmad Rashad and Inside Stuff co-host Summer Sanders; NBA Coaches Paul Silas, Isiah Thomas and Jeff Van Gundy; WNBA Stars Jackie Stiles, DeLisha Milton and Katie Smith; celebrities such as TV and film star Frankie Muniz, film and rap star LL Cool J and film star Freddie Prinze Jr.; and members of the NBA's extended family, Wade Houston, father of Allan Houston, Michelle Carter-Robinson, mother of Vince Carter and Kay Malone, wife of Karl Malone.

"We all know that reading is instrumental to success in life," said Orlando Magic forward Grant Hill. "As a member of the National All-Star Reading team, I look forward to encouraging kids and their families to share the joy of reading."

The NBA's Read to Achieve Week tips off on Monday, Oct. 22 and runs through Oct. 26. Throughout the week, all of the NBA's 29 teams will host local reading events, featuring members of their own local All-Star Reading Teams, that are designed to help promote the importance of reading and education in local youth and their families.

"We want all young people to know that reading is not only at the core of future success, but we also want them to know how much fun reading can be," said Kathy Behrens, the NBA's Vice President of Community Relations. "We will be using the star power of the entire NBA Family, including our many celebrity fans, to deliver this critical message to fans of all ages."

The NBA's Read to Achieve campaign is a year-round national program designed to help young people develop a life-long love for reading and on-line literacy as well as encourage adults to read and talk regularly with children. Reaching an estimated 50 million children a year, Read to Achieve is the most extensive educational outreach initiative in the history of professional sports. The effort includes the annual donation of more than 200,000 books and the creation of Reading and Learning Centers in schools and community based organizations throughout the country, and hundreds of reading time-outs where players and All-Star Reading Team members will read to children.

The program receives league-wide support from the entire NBA family. In addition to being supported by all 29 NBA teams, 16 WNBA teams, the eight teams that make up the NBA's new minor league, the National Basketball Development League (NBDL), Read to Achieve is supported by the NBA's officials, parents and wives of players organizations, and the NBA Players Association and Retired Player Association. Read to Achieve also expands the NBA's existing partnerships with Scholastic Inc., and Reading Is Fundamental.

The NBA, its teams and players are committed to programs that improve the quality of life for all people and has created and implemented programs that address important social issues, with a special emphasis on reading and on-line literacy initiatives for children. The NBA and its teams make a difference in North America through donations to charities and the implementation of community outreach initiatives, and through the production and airing of public service announcements.