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Wichita State Fight for Literacy to Support Students in Shocker Neighborhood

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Team up with Shockers and become a Champion for Literacy!

Our kids. Our schools. Our community. Join the team and help every child learn to read.

Wichita State Shockers are teaming up with Champions for Literacy and International Paper to support United Way’s childhood literacy efforts.

All money raised will fund literacy programs, provide resources, and buy books featuring diverse characters to help kindergarten through third-grade students in the Shocker Neighborhood learn to read.


  • 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 during the 2022 – 2023 school year.
  • Illiterate kids grow into illiterate adults – and 43% live in poverty compared to 4% of literate adults.


100% of donations will stay local to provide books, resources, and tutoring to help children birth through third-grade students learn to read.

$10 provides 2 books for a child.

Thanks to International Paper, the first $5,000 raised will be matched, dollar-for-dollar

Become a Champion for Literacy! Make your donation today!


Click Join at the top of this page and rally your friends, family, and co-workers to join you in donating.

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.