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Atlanta Hawks Poetry Slam Contest
Calling all high school students! The Atlanta Hawks Poetry Slam is a shout-out especially to you, an invite to turn your thoughts into verse and speak them aloud. Submit your written entry for the Atlanta Hawks Poetry Slam contest by Nov. 15th and vie for a chance to spit your verse during a special Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration at the Hawks game on Monday, January 17th.
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to learn more, including how to enter!

Watch this video to learn more about the Poetry Slam!

Student Achiever
Motivating youth to earn good grades, stay in school and work hard is what the Atlanta Hawks Student Achiever program is all about. Sponsored by Philips, this effort recognizes students who earn a 3.0, improve their grades, have perfect attendance and work hard. Click here to enroll your school so your students can start earning sweet rewards.

Click here to download Student Achiever poster featuring Marvin Williams. Have questions? Email studentachiever@atlantaspirit.com.

Fast Break for Reading

In conjunction with the NBA and its national campaign to help young people develop a life-long love for reading, the Atlanta Hawks are again offering the Fast Break for Reading program to greater-Atlanta area elementary schools. Presented by Philips and Sprite, the program uses the excitement of professional basketball to encourage a life-long love of reading. For each 25 books student read, they earn such rewards as Hawks bookmarks, stickers and pencils.

Registration for Fast Break for Reading program is open. Click here to register.

If you would like more information or have questions, please email Courtney Schweers.

  • Registration
  • Reading Scorecard (Word Document)
  • Rules Of The Game (Word Document)
  • For answers to frequently asked questions on redeeming vouchers, please click here.

    tlanta Hawks And Thrashers School Assembly Program

    The Atlanta Hawks and Thrashers joined forces to create an exciting assembly program that focuses on the importance of reading, healthy eating habits and staying active! Targeting elementary schools in the Metro Atlanta area, the 45-minute program features Hawks and Thrashers staff, dance team members and mascots. This high-energy program uses fun examples and exciting visual aids to teach students these important concepts. For participating in the program, schools will receive 50 books for their media center and other great incentives.

    To sign up for the program, register online or contact the Hawks and Thrashers Group Sales Department at 1-866-715-1500, Option 4 or email at schoolassembly@atlantaspirit.com.

    For answers to frequently asked questions on redeeming vouchers, please click here.

    Atlanta Hawks Read to Achieve
    Read to Achieve (RTA) is a year-round program developed by the NBA and NBA Players Association to help young people develop a life-long love for reading. Reaching millions of children worldwide, RTA is supported by all 30 NBA teams, 16 WNBA teams, and 8 NBDL teams. More >>

    As part of the team's Read to Achieve Program, the Atlanta Hawks are asking fans to bring new or gently used children's books with them to Philips Arena this season. The books will be donated to Hawks reading and learning centers in metro Atlanta along with Communities In Schools. For your convenience, the Read to Achieve Book Bin will be located outside the Team Gear Store on the main concourse near portal 9 every game this season for book collections. Give the gift of reading! Support the Hawks Read to Achieve program, presented by Philips and Sprite.