Students learn about Coach G's Hook 'em on Reading Program
Oct. 31, 2008
AUSTIN, Texas -- Although fans have just a few more days to wait before The University of Texas women's basketball team opens the fall season in an exhibition game against the Houston Jaguars on Nov. 9, a few younger fans have had the opportunity to get up close and personal with the team through Coach G's Hook 'em on Reading Program.
Throughout the fall, both student-athletes and members of the coaching staff have visited numerous elementary schools in the Austin area to promote head coach Gail Goestenkor's incentive-based reading program. Coach G's Hook 'em on Reading Program encourages children to read 10 books and document their progress on a special bookmark provided to teachers in more than 30 schools under the Neighborhood Longhorns umbrella. Once the bookmark is filled with 10 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.
While visiting with the various schools, young students have the opportunity to become involved with Coach G's Hook 'em on Reading Program. They also learn the importance of staying in school and living a healthy lifestyle through sporting activities.
With her arrival as the new head women's basketball coach in 2007, Goestenkors sought to bring her passion for reading into the community in a meaningful way. Her desire, combined with Texas' educational community outreach program, the Neighborhood Longhorns, provided the necessary ingredients to establish Coach G's Hook 'em on Reading Program.
Visit the Neighborhood Longhorns Web site for more information on this and other incentive based reading programs.