USC Football Team To Visit Children At Local Hospital

Sept. 12, 2001

The USC football team will visit the County-USC Women's and Children's Hospital this Thursday (Sept. 13) from 11:30 a.m until 1 p.m.

The players will spend time with the children, sign autographs and make room visits to the more seriously ill patients. They will bring materials from the popular The Jester Has Lost His Jingle book, which focuses on positive feelings, attitudes, and ideals. Next they'll join the USC Marching Band and the Song and Yell Leaders for a rally in the hospital courtyard at 12:15 p.m.

This visit is part of the Verizon Reads with the Trojans literacy project. Launched in the spring 2001 with the nearby Foshay Learning Center, Phase I of the project provides a way for USC student-athletes to meet the need for mentors and tutors in surrounding schools. Athletes, coaches and staff members are encouraged to develop relationships with children by promoting progress in school, linking learning with sports and fun.

Phase II, which includes this hospital visit, ensures that the Verizon Reads with the Trojans program serves both the literacy initiative and USC student-athletes who are motivated to volunteer but have limited time due to their restrictive class, practice, and game schedules. Students on every athletic team at USC are asked to volunteer each semester by speaking to classes or assemblies, paying visits to local hospitals, or participating in after-school sports clinics. The Jester & Pharley Phund has been incorporated into Phase II in order to address the special concerns of sick children.

Phase III creates the Trojan Literacy Network, providing teachers across the Los Angeles area the ability to use tickets to Trojan athletic events as student incentives to read.

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