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UConn Athletes Promote Reading at Sweeney

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee of UConn is an organization that seeks to unify the student athlete body and provide them a voice in matters concerning UConn, the American Conference, and the NCAA communities. In addition, members also help coordinate community service projects that many of the student athletes participate in.

One such outreach project is Husky Reach. Husky Reach is a program designed to bring UConn student-athletes into the classrooms of children to encourage reading. With the help of SBM Charitable Foundation (SBMCF), the Husky Reach Program provides UConn student-athletes with the opportunity to educate, interact, mentor, and read to elementary students. The Husky Reach Program aims to teach students about the importance of teamwork, sportsmanship, and education which they can apply to their lives.

Sweeney elementary school most closely met the criteria set forth in SBMCF grant and was selected as the Husky Reach school in Windham. Beginning in October, UConn student athletes will visit grade 3, 4, and 5 students and implement a reading activity on a monthly basis.  Additionally, Husky Reach will host events for the entire school community including a kick off BBQ, the 20 for 20 / Million Minute Reading Challenge, family nights, afterschool program activities, and more.

Husky Reach brings students to the UConn campus to watch athletic events as rewards for reading accomplishments, purchases books for each grade level and supplies for staff. Sweeney has embraced this partnership with Husky Reach and has chosen “Teamwork” as the school concept this year.