Raised of $5,000

Mizzou Fight for Literacy Benefitting Heart of Missouri United Way

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Team up with Mizzou and become a Champion for Literacy!

Let's help provide 650 students with books for a year through Mizzou’s Fight for Literacy Game! Expand opportunities for kids today. Click here to donate.

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

Mizzou Men’s Basketball is partnering with Champions for Literacy to host a Fight for Literacy Game (presented by International Paper) to benefit Heart of Missouri United Way by providing critical literacy resources.

Together, these Champions for Literacy are making sure every child is resourced and inspired to become a strong reader. Reading on grade level by the end of 3rd grade is a powerful and proven indicator that children will graduate high school and be college or career-ready. Join us by becoming a Champion for Literacy and donating to the cause!


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

David Holtgraewe, COO of Heart of Missouri United Way, shared how the funds raised will support their work:

The grant will be utilized to provide 10 age appropriate and inclusive books per year to 650 First & Second Grade students in the 5 Columbia Public Schools that have the highest free & reduced lunch rate and lowest reading proficiency scores.

Expand opportunities by making your donation today:

• Click DONATE on the top right of this page. $100 can provide 10 grade-level books per year to a child!

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


Heart of Missouri United Way is grateful to partner with Champions for Literacy and the Mizzou Men's Basketball team, so that we can increase the love of reading and learning through the Read Across Columbia program.

Become a Champion for Literacy! Make your donation today!

Champions for Literacy is a national non-profit using the power of sports to impact childhood reading. Learn more about their work by visiting: championsforlit.org

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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

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.