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Wichita State President's Team

Join President Rick Muma and his team as we prepare future Shockers for a lifetime of success.

We’re raising money for the United Way’s Coaching for Literacy initiative, which puts books and supplies into the hands of USD 259 students.

Reading helps children build cognitive skills, gain a deeper understanding of the world, improves their concentration, and fuels their imagination. As an educational driver for the state of Kansas, Wichita State is committed to helping students of all ages achieve success and become the leaders of tomorrow.


  • Students not reading at grade level by fourth grade are four times more likely to drop out of school.
  • 79% of Wichita third graders were not reading proficiently in 2021.
  • Illiterate kids grow into illiterate adults – and 43% live in poverty compared to 4% of literate adults.


100% of donations will stay local with United Way of the Plains to provide books, resources, and tutoring to help kindergarten through third-grade students in the Shocker neighborhood learn to read.

Expand opportunities by making your donation today:

Click DONATE on the top right of this page. Just $10 can provide two books to a child!

*ALL DONATIONS MATCHED! International Paper has pledged to match every gift, up to a total of $5,000 in the Wichita market!

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About Coaching for Literacy

Founded in 2013 by two high school students, Coaching for Literacy aims to raise awareness of and support solutions to the widespread problem of illiteracy. Using the power and influence of sports, the organization partners with teams across the country to host Fight for Literacy Games, which raise funds for grants to literacy-focused programs in their communities. Coaching for Literacy operates on the core belief that literacy is a fundamental right of every individual. Learn more at coachingforliteracy.org.

About  International Paper

International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global supplier of renewable fiber-based products. We produce corrugated packaging products that protect and promote goods, and enable worldwide commerce, and pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal care products that promote health and wellness. Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., we employ approximately 38,000 colleagues globally. We serve customers worldwide, with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, North Africa and Europe. Net sales for 2021 were $19.4 billion. In Russia, we have a 50/50 joint venture, Ilim Group, the country's largest integrated manufacturer of pulp and paper. Additional information can be found by visiting InternationalPaper.com.