Coach G is hooked on reading
Oct. 13, 2008
With her arrival as the new Head Women's Basketball Coach in 2007, Coach Gail Goestenkors wanted to bring her passion for reading into the community in a meaningful way. Her desire, combined with the University of Texas' educational community outreach program, the Neighborhood Longhorns, provided the necessary ingredients to establish Coach G's Hook Em on Reading Program.
Now in its second year, Coach G's incentive based reading program encourages children to read ten books and document their progress on a special bookmark provided to teachers in the more than 30 schools under the Neighborhood Longhorns umbrella. Once the bookmark is filled with 10 book titles, it is authorized by their teacher and they are presented with a voucher for free admission to select Texas Women's Basketball home games.
"Reading holds such an important place in my heart; I want to try to inspire and teach children about the value of reading for their imagination, their education, and the general betterment of their lives," Goestenkors said. "Fortunately, with Neighborhood Longhorns Program, the University has the perfect educational community outreach vehicle to accomplish that goal."
Working with the Neighborhood Longhorns, the program not only includes the incentive based reading portion, but also periodic assemblies at the Neighborhood Longhorns schools. These assemblies provide an opportunity for UT staff, coaches, and student-athletes to introduce Coach G's Hook `em on Reading Program while impressing upon children the importance of reading to their educational advancement.
Visit the Neighborhood Longhorns website for more information on this and other incentive based reading programs.