Princeton student-athletes serving as e-readers to local children

Friday, Apr 24, 2020

For nearly two decades, the Princeton Varsity Club has helped lead "Reading With The Tigers" -- a program where Princeton student-athletes from a wide variety of Princeton's varsity teams visit local elementary schools.

"Reading With The Tigers" is now an annual event, with multiple school visits a year, Tiger student-athletes read to school children ranging in grade levels from kindergarten through fifth grade in one of their more anticipated events of the school year.

In a typical year, over 140 Princeton student-athletes participate, making over 90 classroom visits at our participating school partners -- Community Park Elementary, Johnson Park Elementary, Littlebrook Elementary, Riverside Elementary, Princeton Charter School, and Christopher Columbus Elementary (Trenton).

"Many members of Princeton Athletics have children in our area schools, so we've seen first-hand the excitement that Reading with the Tigers brings to the youth in our community." said Kellie Staples, Senior Associate Director of Athletics/Advancement. "It's always a highlight for both our student-athletes as well as the children they read to, and we were all disappointed to not be able to physically get to every school during the spring semester. We are incredibly proud of our student-athletes for remaining committed to serving the community, and finding creative ways of doing so, despite great disruptions and challenges to their own lives. They are terrific ambassadors of Princeton Athletics who continue to achieve, serve and lead during this difficult time."

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