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College of Social Sciences, Health and Education sponsoring Florence Freedom reading program

Children read books to earn vouchers to baseball games

12/10/07

The University is partnering with the Florence Freedom—part of a 12-team independent professional baseball league established in 1993—for the 2008 baseball season. Xavier is sponsoring the Freedom's new reading club, Liberty's X-treme Reading Team.

Liberty's X-treme Reading Team is a free reading program for kids in kindergarten through eighth grade. Eighteen local schools have already signed on to participate in the program this year.

"This program is going to give kids even more reasons to keep reading," says Freedom General Manager Kari Rumfield. "Our new partnership with Xavier is sure to attract further attention to this great series."

Kids read four books to score a "home run," which earns them a voucher for one Wednesday night Florence Freedom game (excluding Opening Day) in 2008. Kids can earn up to seven vouchers over the course of the eight-week program. Participating schools receive special bookmarks and posters to track each of the students' progress.

"Xavier University's College of Social Sciences, Health and Education is thrilled to be partnering with the Florence Freedom," says Mark Meyers, dean of the College. "We are both committed to having a direct impact upon the lives of our community. In our college we have a simple motto that guides all of our efforts: 'Collaborate, Innovate, Educate.' Our partnership with the Freedom is a vibrant example of how collaboration can lead toward the development of an innovative program that will have a direct impact on education of every level of our community."

The Freedom play a 96-game schedule with 54 home games between late May and early September. For more information, visit www.florencefreedom.com.