TCU Holds Annual 'Reading Frogs' Event
Nov. 9, 2011
By Christian Bussler, TCU Media Relations Student Intern
FORT WORTH - Several hundred kids ages four to 12 visited the Sam Baugh Indoor Practice Facility Saturday to read both to and with their favorite TCU athletes during the annual Reading Frogs Program.
TCU Athletics partnered with Score a Goal in the Classroom to present the event, the poster child of the program Keep the Reading Lamp Lit, an amazing effort that strives to both make reading enjoyable for all young children and help those youths who most need to improve their reading proficiency. No one was left out, as children from public, private and church schools attended, as did several home-schooled youths. More than 8,000 books were given away, as well as free eye checks, posters and game cards. In addition, each student in attendance received a book specially signed by one of the athletes.
Student-athletes from a collection of TCU programs participated, including baseball, men's golf and men's swimming and diving, while various Horned Frog alumni also took part in the event. The TCU student-athletes were joined by over 400 fraternity and sorority members. This year's event featured more than four times the number of children participating as last year.
The event is the brainchild of the late Bayard H. Friedman, a former member of the TCU Board of Regents who had a vision of getting TCU students involved in the community to help children improve their reading. His dream has since become a reality, and the efforts have paid off by helping children to improve reading skills, reading stamina and self-esteem, according to program director Ernie Horn.
TCU will play host to the finals of an even larger reading program this coming weekend, when the finals of the Texas Reading Bee Championship will be held at the Meyer-Martin Athletic Complex. Tens of thousands of second graders from across the Lone Star State participated in a process by which the strongest reader in each class was selected, then in each school, each district and so on. The 36 champions will descend upon Fort Worth this weekend, striving ever more to keep the reading lamp lit.