Lakeside High School Athletic Director Jason Baxter afforded Ontario Primary School the opportunity to have the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams read to the 2nd graders and work with them in the classroom as part of the 2nd & 7 Foundation program. All the students took that book home with them. The athletes also promoted the importance of focusing on academics first, being a good leader and working hard on and off the court. Not only did they read to them, they also did relay races and showed off their basketball skills in the gymnasium.
Lakeside Athletic Director Jason Baxter said, “This annual event is a great opportunity for our student-athletes to understand the important role they play as athletes, both on and off the court. The short time spent with our youth yesterday was an incredible experience for all involved and taught our athletes the importance of giving back to the Lakeside community. We hope to continue to bridge the gap between our student-athletes and the youth in the community, our future Dragons!”
The 2nd & 7 Foundation has donated over 400,000 books to kids across the country since it started in 1999. During the 2017-18 school year, over 170 programs were implemented in 23 states, with over 67,000 new books distributed to children by positive role models from high schools and universities throughout the country. The mission of the 2nd & 7 Foundation is to promote reading by providing free books and positive role models to kids while encouraging young athletes of the community to pay it forward.
Ontario Principal, Lisa Newsome said, “This was the most exciting atmosphere and the importance of role models in these young students’ life is vital. This was an amazing opportunity for the high school student athletes and the 2nd grade students within the Ashtabula Area City Schools today. This is where it starts and where we will make an impact on our students,” Newsome said.