Program Goals:

  • Assist schools with their literacy efforts by leveraging the NCAA Team Works brand to create an exciting competition with incentives to promote literacy and higher education

  • Expand classroom and school libraries through donations 

  • Expose children to NCAA athletics and create opportunities to attend collegiate events 

  • Increase students’ daily reading minutes through competitions and prizes  



  • With adult supervision, 2nd & 3rd-grade students will log their minutes read daily in school and at home via a reading log. Schools may use existing reading programs to track the minutes read.

  • Teachers will take an average (total minutes read/number of students in their classroom) at the end of every week and communicate those totals to the school’s point of contact who will turn over that information to the Local Organizing Committee program coordinators.

  • Schools will be ranked on a weekly basis on the average number of minutes read per school.

  • The Final Four schools from Orleans & Jefferson Parish school districts will be invited on a field trip to Tourney Town, presented by Capital One at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center where the overall winners will be announced. Tourney Town is a festival jam-packed with special appearances, autograph signings, interactive games, giveaways, basketball contests and more.



  • January 2020: School Outreach

  • February 7, 2020: Deadline for schools to register

  • March 2,  2020: Read to the Final Four competition begins

  • March 9, 2020: 1st school rankings announced

  • March 16, 2020: Sweet 16 announced

  • March 23, 2020: Elite Eight announced

  • March 30, 2020: Final Four announced

  • April 3, 2020: Tourney Town field trip & Winner announced!



A comprehensive plan of how to qualify for the incentives below will be available to the participating schools prior to the start of the program.

  • Students – Books, bookmarks, NCAA branded items, pizza parties, and a trip to Tourney Town Friday, April 3 for the Final Four schools.

  • Teachers – Gift cards, library/classroom book refresh.

  • Grand Prize - $5,000 educational stipend for the winning school.


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