Dec. 13, 2013
Boston University's Athletic Department spread holiday cheer through their 17th Annual Holiday Reading Program, which brought over 300 Boston University student-athletes into Boston Public Schools to read to Boston school children. In conjunction with BU's Government and Community Affairs Department, the athletes read to elementary school children and then present each student with a book purchased by Boston University. Elementary school students and administrators were also presented with vouchers for free tickets to upcoming BU athletic events.
The two-day event, held this year on Dec. 12 and 13, took place at schools in Allston/Brighton, the South End, Dorchester and as far away as East Boston. 303 Terrier varsity student-athletes volunteered to participate in the program this year, spreading holiday cheer and connecting with more than 700 youngsters, many of whose schools neighbor the Charles River and Medical campuses.
"All of us at Boston University appreciate all the great community work BU’s student-athletes performed over the past 2 days," said Elizabeth Leary, Director of Community Relations at B.U. "It was great to see the Terriers out in the community as mentors and role models once again during this holiday season."
In addition to each student receiving a book, each classroom was also given a book donated by BU for the teacher's permanent collection. In total, student-athletes from all Boston University's 25 teams participated this year along with BU's mascot Rhett and the BU cheer & dance team.