The Memphis Grizzlies are dedicated to helping prepare Memphis students for success in college and career and avidly promote education and college preparedness through targeted academic enrichment initiatives.

Read to Achieve

Read To Achieve

Presented by International Paper
Associate Partners: Southern College of Optometry and KPMG

The NBA’s Read to Achieve Program is the most extensive educational outreach initiative in professional sports. The Grizzlies Read to Achieve program is an incentive-driven initiative that motivates students to develop a life-long love for reading and promotes the value of literacy. Reaching over 21,000 Mid-South students, the program, presented by International Paper, includes the Grizzlies Read to Achieve Tip-Off, a six-week Reading Challenge, an assembly program and Grizzlies front office staff All-Star Reading Team.

Poetry Slam

Poetry Slam

The Memphis Grizzlies Poetry Slam Program is an annual city-wide spoken-word contest for 9th-11th grade students that encourages personal expression through real life experiences, prose and effective public speaking. The Memphis Grizzlies Poetry Slam is open to all 9th – 11th grade students at participating schools between October and November. The program continues with “Write On, Speak Out!”, a Grizzlies Foundation funded poetry mentorship program through Hattiloo Theatre. Local spoken word artists help students develop their expressing writing, creative and performance skills while placing an emphasis on social learning. The program culminates in with the Poetry Slam Finale on the Hattiloo Theatre Main Stage. View photos from the 2015 Poetry Slam Finale.