Pacers launch the Read to Achieve Reading Challenge

The Indiana Pacers launched the Pacers Reading Challenge today and it will run through March 31, 2008.  The challenge is open to all elementary & middle school students in Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Madison, Marion, Morgan and Shelby counties.

Students are encouraged to read 15 minutes a day for seven days, thus completing a quarter.  There are four quarters total in the challenge.  After completing a quarter, the student will then be eligible to receive a prize.

  • 1st Quarter
  • Pacers Read to Achieve Bookmark
  • 2nd Quarter
  • Pacers Read to Achieve Poster
  • 3rd Quarter
  • Pacers “HOOPCITY” customized book
  • 4th Quarter
  • $25 Ticket to the Indiana Pacers v. Milwaukee Bucks game on April 6, 2008 and recognized on –court during a special pregame presentation.

    • OVERTIME Students wishing to participate in “overtime” are invited to submit a 200-word essay that begins withReading will help me achieve…”  The essay winner will receive a “Pacers Party” for their classroom.

    The goal of the Pacers Reading Challenge is to encourage children from area elementary & middle schools to embrace the love of reading and increase involvement and awareness of the Pacers Read to Achieve program.  The Pacers Reading Challenge is part of the Read to Achieve Program presented by Chase and Pacers Education and Literacy Initiative.

    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 LearningCenters in schools and community based organizations throughout the country, and hundreds of reading time-outs where players and All-Star Reading Team members read to children.

    The program receives league-wide support from the entire NBA family.  The NBA, its teams and players are committed to programs that improve the quality of life for all people and have created and implemented programs that address important social issues, with a special emphasis on reading and on-line literacy initiatives for children.  

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