Register Herald | Panthers giving back – Ohio News

Register Herald | Panthers giving back – Ohio News

WEST ALEXANDRIA — Clint Bartlett was looking for ways his Twin Valley South football players could give back to the community.

What he found was the 2nd and 7 Foundation.

“It’s a great way for our football team to reach out to our community and get involved with some of our younger kids,” Bartlett said of the non-profit organization.

The focus of the foundation is to encourage second graders to become readers, according to the foundation’s website. Studies have shown that if children are not reading well by the end of second grade, there is trouble ahead. The foundation is committed to getting books in the hands of children who need them the most. For many kids, the book they receive may be the only book they have at home.

Players at South have been spending time on Fridays during school reading to elementary students as part of the foundation.

According to the foundation’s website, The 2nd & 7 Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Columbus.

Three former Ohio State University football players, Luke Fickell, Ryan Miller and Mike Vrabel, started the foundation in 1999. Inspired by their involvement in various community outreach programs as student athletes, they decided to continue making a difference by promoting literacy and providing positive role models for children in central Ohio.

The foundation was born from funds generated by the first annual FUNdamental football camp. The camp generated enough money to buy books to hand out to seven different second grade classrooms. Using a down and distance term used in football, the foundation became known as The 2nd & 7 Foundation.

Miller, Vrabel, and…

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