Hoffman Reads at Christel House

Indiana Fever forward Ebony Hoffman helped Christel House Academy celebrate a school-wide book giveaway on Friday, November 12th. The school recently received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education for use to emphasize the importance of reading. The funds from the grant went towards purchasing a book for all of the children in the school.

Hoffman visited a school assembly to show her support of reading while also talking about the WNBA's commitment to reading through the league's Read To Achieve program. She talked to the kids about ways that reading has helped her in her life and why she enjoys reading. She then asked children what kinds of books they liked to read, what their favorite books were and their thoughts on other reading topics.

A player who recently finished her first season in the WNBA, Hoffman also shared the WNBA's Read to Achieve Pledge which reflects a commitment to use reading as a way to learn and open imaginations. After a book reading was shared with the assembly, Ebony interacted with the children as they selected the books they received from the grant.

Read to Achieve is a year-round, league-wide initiative supported by all 30 NBA teams, 13 WNBA teams, and six NBDL teams that promotes the value of reading and on-line literacy and encourages families and adults to read regularly with young children. It is the most extensive educational outreach initiative in the history of professional sports. The program includes the annual donation of more than 200,000 books through a variety of reading events and book fairs, as well as the development of essay contests and on-line programs and the creation of Reading and Learning centers throughout North America.