Providence, RI – For the fourth year in a row, Brown Athletics, in conjunction with the Brown Football Association, New England Institute of Technology, Brown Catering, and Brown University’s Delta Phi fraternity, have partnered with the Providence Public Schools to promote "Literacy Day" at Brown's November 2nd football game against Penn. Kickoff is 12:30 pm at Brown Stadium.
The event is based in Providence’s public elementary and middle schools. Each school sets their own criteria of achievement in reading and writing. All students who qualify will receive a free game ticket. To date, more than 6,000 students have qualified, a record number in the four years of this initiative.
"This is the fourth year of Literacy Day, and we are proud that this has become an annual tradition for our football team to reach out to the Providence community in a meaningful way," said Brown head football coach Phil Estes. "Reading is such an important element of our children's lives. Our players have volunteered in the Providence Public Schools with a goal to create an environment where reading is fun."
“Brown Athletics is pleased to be hosting Literacy Day for the fourth year,” commented Brown Director of Athletics Jack Hayes. “We always try to emphasize to our student-athletes the importance of academics and athletics, and this is a great way for our football program to communicate this message to the youth of Providence.”
In a special on-field ceremony, Brown Director of Athletics Jack Hayes, New England Institute of Technology President Richard Gouse ‘68, Brown Football Association President Jerry Massa '77 and Delta Phi fraternity Co-Presidents Salaar Khan and Ross Julian will recognize Chief of Administration for the Providence Public School District Joseph DiPina. At halftime, all students in attendance who qualified for Literacy Day will parade around the field in recognition of their achievements.