Dunkin’ Donuts and Temple Basketball Win Big for PAL
The month-long Dunkin’ Donuts Rockin’ Reading Program came to a close with an exciting event at Temple University’s Liacouras Center Wednesday night. Ninety-five PAL youngsters from nine centers participated in the program and read more than 435 books total. One bright youngster from Point Breeze PAL, Ramyi, read thirty-two books since the beginning of the program in January.
The celebration at the Liacouras Center began with a reception including special guests from Temple University’s football players, cheerleaders and dance team. PAL cheerleaders taught their routines to the Temple ladies, while the other athletes stressed the importance of studying and keeping good grades in school. Speakers, including PAL Commanding Officer Lt. Anthony, PAL Education Chair, Dr. Jacobi, Dunkin’ Donuts Philadelphia Area Marketing Executives and Olympic Gold Medalist and current Temple University Women’s Rowing Head Coach, Jason Read,recognized the participants for their diligent reading and provided inspiring messages about the importance of reading and education. Each participant even received a certificate of completion and a special gift from Dunkin’ Donuts.
The fun-filled night did not end there for these youngsters. PAL youth and their officers attended the Temple University basketball game against University of Massachusetts. All fans were on the edge of their seats as the Temple Owls emerged victorious in overtime. Lt. Anthony and several children were recognized on-court in front of hundreds of fans during the game. A lucky boy and girl from the North Penn PAL basketball team dressed up in Dunkin’ Donuts coffee cups and competed in a basketball relay race. Fans cheered on both kids in an exciting race to the finish.
PAL thanks Dunkin’ Donuts and Temple University for another great Rockin’ Reading program celebration!