Roy Williams to speak to Wake middle-schoolers at literacy event

Posted October 15, 2012

— University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill men's basketball coach Roy Williams is sending a message this week to Wake County middle school students: Read.

Williams will speak Thursday morning at Rolesville Middle School to more than 500 students from 10 Wake County middle schools at a Ticket to Reading Rewards rally, the Wake County Public School System said Monday.

The rally is part of a middle school literacy program that uses role models and incentives to encourage children to read.

The program is supported in part by the National Association of Basketball Coaches Foundation and a significant grant from Raleigh-based General Parts International Inc./CARQUEST.

As part of the program, local college athletes and coaches visit Wake County schools and gives away ACC basketball tickets to students.


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  • Schpartacus Oct 23, 2012

    Anyone who's tried to read Roy's lips during UNC games is aware that he has a pretty extensive vocabulary all right.

  • bubbba Oct 19, 2012

    I wonder if he is gonna tell em to Win at all cost and you can make more money than the president if you drop out of school and play Pro basketball.

  • yellow_hat Oct 17, 2012

    Reading is overrated - just take Naval Weapons and "A"s for everyone.

  • Flagship Thorpedoed Oct 16, 2012

    Oh the irony of anybody from UNC speaking about literacy!

  • YippiYiyoKiYay Oct 16, 2012

    I would dare say that some of these middle school students are more proficient in reading than some of your players. That's why I'm a DUKE fan. Just something about college athletes with a vocabulary of more than seven words is inspiring. But don't take my word for it, just listen to some of the post-game interviews.

  • Corporal Snark Oct 16, 2012

    I hope none of those kids are wearing NC State shirts. Remember, Roy...BB guns are not allowed in schools.

  • whatelseisnew Oct 15, 2012

    Please at least make sure the athletes that show up, can actually read.