EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – SIUE men's basketball players and coaches recently visited local elementary schools to kick off its annual reading program.
Now in its fifth year, the Cougar reading program, beginning with a fall assembly, promotes reading by encouraging students in third through fifth grades to read regularly. Students who reach their goal are rewarded with a ticket voucher to an SIUE basketball game.
"Our players are expected to be leaders on the court, in the classroom, and in the community," SIUE Head Coach Lennox Forrester said. "This is a great way for our guys to get out and be a part of this community."
The area school which has the most students reach their goal is rewarded with a fun day in the spring, where members of the basketball team participate in recess and games with the students at the school.