Jazz Players Visit Local Schools as part of “Be A Team Player - Read!” Contest
Utah Jazz players recently visited 11 elementary schools along the Wasatch Front as part of the 16th annual “Be A Team Player – Read!” contest. The month-long challenge, which concluded on Feb. 18, required local students to chart and report their out-of-school reading minutes. More than 20,600 students from 38 elementary schools participated in this year’s contest and read a combined total of 16,023,472 minutes.
With continued support from Scholastic Book Fairs, Russell’s Ice Cream and Med One Capital, the 10 participating schools that logged the most minutes read per student were awarded a special visit from Jazz players, along with an ice cream party for the entire student body.
The winning schools are as follows (in alphabetical order): Arches Academy (Orem); Canyon Rim Academy (Salt Lake City); Channing Hall (Draper); Lincoln Academy (Pleasant Grove); Middle Canyon Elementary (Tooele); Northlake Elementary (Tooele); Pony Express Elementary (Eagle Mountain); Ridgeline Elementary (Highland); St. Olaf Elementary (Bountiful); and Syracuse Arts Academy (Syracuse).
As a special bonus this year, Woods Cross Elementary was also selected via a random drawing to receive a player visit. The Jazz also awarded the 10 runners up with a team autographed basketball.
“Be A Team Player – Read!” encourages students to develop a life-long love of reading, while emphasizing the importance of literacy and the value of teamwork.