WNBA Champion Alicia Thompson reads with kids

United Way invites volunteers to read with kids on Dr. Seuss Reading Day, March 2

DALLAS (February 21, 2017) – The NCAA and United Way of Metropolitan Dallas teamed up today to read with third grade students at Uplift Heights elementary. WNBA Champion Alicia Thompson, a native Texan, joined to support the literacy effort, and to encourage the community to volunteer to read with kids on Dr. Seuss Reading Day. “

Reading is fundamental and we can always do more to support our students,” said Alicia Thompson, WNBA Champion and spokesperson for the NCAA Women’s Final Four. “I’m thrilled to partner with the Women’s Final Four and to be out here with United Way to generate some excitement for reading in our schools!”

Team Work’s Read to the Final Four® is a community outreach program implemented during the 2017 NCAA Women’s Final Four that engages third graders in a bracket competition in which classrooms aim to log the highest number of minutes read by students. Schools and students will be awarded special incentives as they advance through the competition.

“Fewer than one in five kids who read below their grade level in third grade go on to college,” said Jennifer Sampson, McDermott-Templeton President and CEO of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.

“Volunteers that lend their time to reading with students helps foster a love for reading at a young age and that love for reading becomes a part of a foundation for lifelong success.” Volunteers can support the literacy initiative by signing up to volunteer on Thursday, March 2, as a part of Dr. Seuss Reading Day, commemorating the 20th annual National Read Across America Day, on the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss. The Presenting Sponsors of Dr. Seuss Reading Day is Texas Instruments.

To learn more about United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and how to give or volunteer, visit www.unitedwaydallas.org.


About United Way of Metropolitan Dallas: United Way of Metropolitan Dallas brings people together to improve lives and create lasting change here in North Texas by focusing on education, income, and health — the building blocks for strong families and thriving communities. We galvanize and connect all sectors of society – individuals, businesses, non-profits, and government – to create long-term change through investing in solutions that produce healthy, well-educated and financially stable individuals and families. We raise, invest and leverage over $50 million annually in community-focused solutions serving Dallas, Collin, Rockwall and southern Denton counties. We do more than help one person beat the odds – we are changing the