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Wichita State Athletics

Join Wichita State Athletics as a Champion for Literacy in Support of USD 259 Students!

Let's raise $5,000 for USD 259 & Shocker Neighborhood!

#WeFightForWichita #WeFight4Literacy

Every contribution you make directly supports the children who live near/around Wichita State University!

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**International Paper is matching gifts up to $5,000!**

Wichita State Athletics is teaming up with United Way of the Plains to help every child in the Shocker Neighborhood learn to read.

Together, we are combatting the statistic that just 1 in 3 American fourth-graders are reading on grade level. That year is so important because children LEARN TO READ until third grade and after that, they READ TO LEARN.


  • Students not reading at grade level by fourth grade are four times more likely to drop out of school.
  • 66% of Kansas fourth-grade students in 2021 were not reading at a proficient level.
  • 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.

Readers 2 Leaders shared how the funds raised will support their work:

"Shocker Athletics is committed to serving in support of the children in our Shocker Neighborhood. Join us in our goal to raise $5,000 for USD #259"


Wichita State University Director of Athletics

Expand opportunities by making your donation today:

  • Click DONATE on the top right of this page. $10 can provide 2 books to a child!

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

Let’s get off the sideline and Fight for Literacy! Make your donation today!

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About Champions for Literacy

Fight for Literacy Games is the flagship program of Champions for Literacy (CFL). Founded in 2013 by two high school students, CFL uses the power of sports to impact childhood reading. Learn more about CFL and the additional programs they offer by visiting: www.championsforlit.org

About  International Paper

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