Each year, the Giants are proud to participate in the National Education Association’s “Read Across America” program by visiting numerous schools in the greater Metropolitan area. Continuing the tradition this offseason, players like Kevin Boothe and Stevie Brown put down their playbooks for a day and traded them in for Dr. Seuss stories to read to students at local schools.
Boothe, who was a three-time All-Ivy League offensive lineman at Cornell and knows the value of school at a young age, read to students at Huber Street Elementary School in Secaucus, N.J.
“Reading is very important,” Boothe said. “And in order to achieve your goals in life, it all begins here in school and with reading. To see their energy and their passion, it’s great. I enjoy coming to schools every year, and it’s been a blast.”
“When you see someone like Kevin Boothe come out and say that he would love to be here to read, these kids, their eyes open up and say, ‘Wow, this is a New York Giant that loves to read,’” said Linda Wilhelm, principal of Huber Street. “So to have him come out here to foster the love of reading is really important to all of us.”
Meanwhile, Brown, a product of the University of Michigan, pulled up a seat in front of hundreds of third and fourth graders gathered in the Lyndhurst High School gymnasium.
“It’s always good to give back to the community because they come to support us,” Brown said. “So it’s the least we can do – come back to and give back to them. I still read now for fun, so it’s good if they start young…You get to see the excitement they have and how much joy they have just seeing us come.”
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