Baseball teams up with Neighborhood Longhorns
Feb. 6, 2009
With baseball season right around the corner, the Longhorns won't be the only ones hitting it out of the ballpark. The University of Texas' educational community outreach program, The Neighborhood Longhorns, are once again teaming up with Texas Baseball for Augie's Grand Slam Reading Program and encouraging children to be the MVPs of their classrooms.
Coach Garrido's incentive-based reading program encourages children to read five books and document their progress on a special bookmark provided to teachers in more than 30 schools under the Neighborhood Longhorns umbrella. Once a student's bookmark is filled with five book titles, it is authorized by their teacher and they are presented with a voucher for free admission to select Texas Baseball home games.
"We are so excited to have Augie's Grand Slam Reading Program for our Neighborhood Longhorns Program participants" said Celina Ruiz-Snowden, executive director of the Neighborhood Longhorns program, "Coach Garrido's reading program has evolved from 500 NLP participants in 1997 to over 5,000 current NLP students. We appreciate Augie and his continued effort to promote reading and The Neighborhood Longhorns Program."
Adding extra incentive to the program this year, the Neighborhood Longhorns and Texas baseball will recognize students excelling in the reading program by inviting them to take the field for the National Anthem with the Longhorns during select Texas Baseball home games.
Visit the Neighborhood Longhorns Web site for more information on this and other incentive-based reading programs.