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Grizzlies set to host Read to Achieve celebration for local participants

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MEMPHIS, April 9, 2014 - The Memphis Grizzlies are set to host the 2014 Read to Achieve Celebration presented by International Paper, Burger King and the Southern College of Optometry on Thursday, April 10 from 10-11 a.m. at FedExForum. This event is not open to the public.

Grizzlies’ players Nick Calathes, Ed Davis and Kosta Koufos along with representatives from International Paper and the Southern College of Optometry will be on-hand to help reward 3,200 elementary students who have excelled in the annual program. Students taking part in this year’s celebration completed the 2014 Memphis Grizzlies Reading Challenge by reading at least six books in six weeks. As part of the reading challenge, 56 schools in the Mid-South participated and collectively read over 20,000 books over the six-week period.

Students from Memphis City Schools, Shelby, Desoto and Fayette Counties will be transported to FedExForum to celebrate their achievements with the reading challenge. During the celebration, the players will congratulate the students on a job well done and talk about the importance of education and their personal journeys through college. The students will also be entertained by Grizz, the Grizz Girls presented by Gold Strike and the Kings of the Court presented by Sky Zone.

The NBA’s Read to Achieve program, presented locally by International Paper, is a year-round campaign to help young people develop a life-long love for reading and encourage adults to read regularly to 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. In addition to being supported by all 30 NBA teams, Read to Achieve is supported by the NBA's officials, parents and wives of players, organizations and the NBA Players Association and Retired Players Association.