Over the past several months, football season has kicked back into gear and with football season comes the kicking into gear of Play 60/Read 20. For those unfamiliar, Play 60/Read 20 is initiative started in partnership with the NFL. We already know that getting 60 minutes of physical activity is essential for the healthy development of children, but reading just 20 minutes a day is essential to building some strong brain muscles. It’s basically a workout for the brain!
Now that Play 60/Read 20 is back into full gear, Tim Green has been spending a lot of time outside of Syracuse and visiting schools across the nation. Where possible, Tim has been partnering up with local NFL players to speak about Play 60/Read 20, read excerpts from his most recent book Left Out, and participate in 60 minutes of outdoor exercise.
At Kilmer School in West Roxbury, Tim Green partnered up with Patriots David Andrews and Geneo Grissom. “It’s fun for me” said Grissom, “to spend time with some kids who probably wouldn’t be able to have this opportunity any other way.”
In Frisco, Texas, Tim Green teamed up with Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr. The event took place near the Frisco Public Library. “Showing that it’s actually cool to read books,” Carr Said, “and care about your education and future is how I hope to use my platform in a positive way.” This was the second time the Carr and Green had partnered up.
Tim Green also made an appearance at a Central Arkansas school. This held some particular significance as the inspiration for the leading character in Left Out is based off of a student named Brett Bell, whom Green met in Arkansas a couple of years ago. The book also pays homage to another student, Megan Nickell, a Central Arkansas Christian student who passed away in 2015.
In all of Tim’s visits, one message has stayed the same—the importance of literature, how it can reach into our lives and change us for the better, and how everywhere we go, we must treat people with an open heart.
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