Dunkin’ Donuts and Temple Basketball a Slam Dunk for PAL!
PHILADELPHIA, PA – February 17, 2011 – The Dunkin’ Donuts Rockin’ Reading Program came to a close yesterday at Temple’s Liacouras Center. Rockin’ Reading is a program through which Dunkin’ Donuts encouraged PAL kids to further their reading and comprehension skills. PAL Children read one book per month and were required to fill out evaluation sheets on what they read. The kids received incentives for reading the books and completing the program. Participants ranged in ages from 6-14 from 10 different PAL centers across the city.
Before enjoying the highly regarded Temple versus Richmond basketball game, participants of the program were treated to a closing ceremony, complete with dinner, treats and several special prizes. Youngsters received certificates of achievement, Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards and more.
Aside from being recognized on the court in front of thousands of fans, the highlight of the evening was a surprise visit from members of Temple’s Football, Cheerleading and Diamond Gem Dance teams. What made the night extra special for the children was that Temple’s new Football Coach, Steve Addazio, stopped in to spend time with them.
Addazio gave the group a quick, exciting pep talk, congratulating them on their accomplishments and encouraging them to continue to work hard in all they do. Addazio also noted that he has a motto that he lives by each and every day, “good things happen to good people who work hard.” After sharing his motto with the children, Addazio invited the youth to put it in to practice, reminding them that working hard in school will help them accomplish many things throughout the course of their lives.
It was a great evening to be a PAL kid. Children got to witness a big win for Temple University, spent time mingling with college athletes and smiled all night long. Many thanks to Dunkin’ Donuts, Dr. Athole Jacobi and Temple Athletics for their support and dedication in making this night such a memorable one for the children.