The Greenville Drive and Michelin North America announced the completion of their 12th annual Reading All-Stars Program. This year was record-setting; over 40,000 students officially qualified as Reading All-Stars. Over its lifetime, the program has reached more than 800,000 area students. Reading All-Stars promotes the importance of reading to students across the Upstate using baseball, fun and player mentoring.
Students who participate in the program receive:
- Complimentary tickets to a special celebration Drive game
- An invite to a pregame parade or a meet and greet with Drive players at Fluor Field
- A book from Public Education Partners
- A Reading All-Stars shirt or cap
The Drive’s mascot, Reedy Rip’It, and several players, including Hunter Hayworth and Devlin Granberg, have also gotten in on the action, paying visits to the David Hellams and Nicholtown Community Centers to encourage area children to read more, study often, stay active and diligently pursue their dreams.
“Because education is one of the most critical factors in ensuring future success of individuals and communities, it is central in Michelin’s outreach efforts,” said Leesa Owens, director of government and community relations for Michelin North America. “The Reading All-Stars program is a way to emphasize the importance of reading and literacy in a fun, engaging and a family-friendly way. We are proud to partner with The Drive each year to make a profound and positive impact on the lives of area children.”