July 16, 2010 | Leave a Comment
Washington Redskins linebacker Chris Draft, founder of Project Blind Side, and the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC) hosted a screening of the Oscar-nominated film “The Blind Side,” in an effort to tackle literacy. Free books were given to the community youth that attended the Southeast DC theater event.
The community screening was part of the A Book in Every Kid’s Hands initiative, and every kid who attended got a copy of “The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game.” As part of the initiative each child was asked to finish the book and write an essay about what they learned by August 15. Ten essays will then be selected as finalists, and the winner will win a day with Chris Draft.
“I am excited to partner with Secretary [Arne] Duncan as we work together to make literacy and education a priority in every home across this nation,” said Draft, who founded The Chris Draft Family Foundation in 2006 and is the author of “Do You Want To Play Catch.” “We know firsthand the difference reading and access to educational materials can have in a child’s life. We are proud to put a book in every kid’s hands to encourage literacy and learning 365 days a year.”
Project Blind Side will be powered by Legacy Connect’s online fundraising website www.legacyconnect.com, which will raise dollars and awareness virally for the program to ensure the project is successful in getting “A Book in Every Kid’s Hands” starting in the Washington, DC area. Based on a person-to-person fundraising model, supporters can watch inspiring videos about the program, make a donation, and invite friends to join the movement.
A panel discussion followed the screening with panelists Chris Draft, Joe Briggs of the NFL Players’ Association and Chevonne Mansfield, Assistant Director of Sports Information at Howard University. The discussion focused on the prominent theme of literacy in the film and the importance of reading.
How you can get in the game:
Click here to visit the Legacy Connect website and find out how to make a donation
Check out The Chris Draft Family Foundation website here