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Tim Green Featured in Houston Chronicle

Tim Green - Tim Green Featured in Houston Chronicle

It comes as no surprise that Tim Green has had a storied and successful career. He’s gone from being an accomplished football player to a successful lawyer and best-selling author. In short, Tim Green is a renaissance man. And his talent and abilities have become recognized for years, all over the country. One of his more recent mentions was in the Houston Chronicle.

Just last month, the Houston Chronicle ran a story on Tim citing his many achievements. While they mentioned his past as a defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons, the article focused a bit more on Tim’s storytelling. The article primarily dealt with Tim’s latest book to release “Left Out”, which deals with a young deaf boy attempting to fit into a new school by playing football.

The article mentions how the book came about in the first place, citing Tim’s inspiration. While on tour for one of his books a few years ago, Tim came across a young boy in Arkansas who played football and had cochlear implants. He then met another similar boy from Kentucky who played football and had cochlear implants. This is what inspired Tim to give his character cochlear implants as well.

Inspired to base his book on these two boys, Tim said, “I was thinking about my next book and thought this would be a great story.” So Tim began to write, and in order to make the story as true to life as possible, he kept in constant contact with both boys, asking them about their experiences.

The article also mentioned Tim’s visit to Houston in order to talk to young students about the importance of reading. The speech is part of Inprint’s Cool Brains! reading series for young people.

The article also mentioned Green’s newest book, “Baseball Genius”, which is scheduled to release in March. The book was co-written by former baseball star Derek Jeter.

Tim Green and Atlanta Falcons Team Up For Play 60/ Read 20

Tim Green - Tim Green and Atlanta Falcons Team Up For Play 60 Read 20

Recently, Tim Green visited Lake Windward Elementary School in Alpharetta, Georgia in his ongoing effort to get children to read and get active. Tim, joined by Atlanta Falcons’ Taylor Gabriel and Ben Garland, sat down with the elementary students and encouraged the children to read and play.

Tim does not only advocate reading and being active, he also makes it a point to teach the children about having good character. This is one of the themes discussed in his newest book, “Left Out,” which deals with a deaf boy playing on his new school’s football team in order to fit in. Tim also took a moment to read an excerpt of the book, as well as give out a free copy to each student.

The Play 60 campaign is nothing new to the NFL’s attempt at fighting childhood obesity. Tim, however, has added the Read 20 portion of the campaign, noting that, while physical activity is important, mental activity is just as necessary. Tim strongly encourages children to read at least 20 minutes a day. He believes that reading is like, “weightlifting for the brain.”  

Here is Tim’s official statement regarding the campaign:

“The wonderful thing about both reading and playing is that they’re fun. Unlike weight lifting to become a better athlete, weightlifting for the brain should be as pleasant as playing for 60 minutes on the playground. That’s a big part of my message to kids, and I suggest it should be yours.”

Tim Green for Play 60/Read 20 with the Bears, Cowboys, and the Patriots

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.

For a full review of Tim Green in the news, check out Tim’s Press Page.

Tim Green Reading In Port Clinton

Tim Green is excited to announce that he will be paying the town of Port Clinton a visit for a reading of some of his most recent work. A huge thanks goes out to the Friends of Ida Rupp Public Library and the Ida Rupp Public Library itself for inviting Tim Green down.

The reading will be taking place at the Port Clinton Performing Arts Center Monday, September 12 @ 6:30pm. To guarantee a seat, visit the Ida Rupp Public Library website at or give the library at call at 419-732-3212. If you’re unable to register, still feel free to show up! There very well may still be some space. After the reading, Tim Green will be fielding questions about his books, career, and life.

Tim Green is a huge advocate of reading. Even as a first-round NFL draft pick with over an eight-career in professional sports, Green advocates school before sports to his own kids. That’s not to say kids should be skipping out on sports. By all means, an active lifestyle is ideal for everyone and the earlier the start the better. Yet at the same time, we can’t overlook the benefits of reading.

Studies show that children who read 20 minutes a day not only develop more empathetic skill sets, they also perform better in every academic subject. So the ideal arrangement is a mix between getting a physical workout and getting mental workout. That’s why Tim Green helped establish the Play 60/Read 20 campaign with the NFL.

Reading is not only healthy, it’s fun and that’s something that Tim Green tries to convey in all of his books. This all sounds great, but how do you actually get your kids to be excited about reading? This is something that Tim Green has thought about a lot.

Check out Tim Green’s 5 Tips on Getting Your Kids to Read.

Tim Green & 2 Fellow Former NFL Players Teach Sweeny Students About the Importance of Reading

Tim Green & 2 Fellow Former NFL Players Teach Sweeny Students About the Importance of Reading

Tim Green and two fellow former NFL players, Cedric Woodard and Johnnie Lee Higgins, visited Sweeny High School last Wednesday to spread to the word to students about the NFL’s READ 60 / PLAY 20 campaign.

Cedric Woodard and Johnnie Lee Higgins are Sweeny High graduates themselves, so they were especially excited to be given the chance to encourage kids from their own community to strive to reach their full potential.

Sweeny High School has actually had seven graduates go on to become NFL players, an impressive number for any school. Principal Robert Morrison knows that great things lie ahead for his students. Half jokingly, he exclaimed “I’m going to take a selfie with y’all, that way, if any of you get rich and famous, I have your picture on my phone,” as he posed for a selfie with the junior high classes.

Tim Green was equally impressed by the number of Bulldogs to go pro. “I’ve been all over the country. I’ve been to 1,000 schools in the last 10 years,” he explained. “I have never been to a school that has so many.”

Green followed Morrison’s lead, taking a photo with the crowd of students, before launching into an impassioned speech about the importance of education and physical activity. He attributes his dedication to education with helping him find success in both sports and beyond. Without a proper education coupled with his passion for reading, he may not have achieved all the successes he found in and outside of football, like becoming a successful author and lawyer.

Higgins shared his advice with students as well, imparting on them “You all have to decide what your core values are, what things make you who you are. That doesn’t start in high school, that doesn’t start in college, that doesn’t start when you’re rich and famous. That starts now.”

The PLAY60 / READ20 program encourages kids to play for 60 minutes a day and read for 20. Green helped spearhead the addition of READ 20 because both fitness and reading have played such an important role in his life. Green spent eight years as a football player and 11 as an NFL commentator, but one of his biggest passions has always been reading and writing books.

“I love books,” he told who wrote a story about their visit. “When I was on the bus every day going to school, I was reading a book. When I finished early in the cafeteria, I was reading a book. When I finished getting my gear on for football practice, sitting in the locker room waiting for coach to blow the whistle, I was reading a book.”

As a New York Times bestselling author with 33 published works, so far, Tim Green says books made him not only a more intelligent person, but a better one. He credits books with opening his mind to new experiences and his heart to people who have different viewpoints or backgrounds.

During the presentation, Green encouraged students to read, even if they find it difficult. He promised that the more they read, the easier it will be, and the more they will benefit from it. As Green explained his feelings about books, “They will make you smarter, in every subject. They will make you a better person. They will make you kinder and more forgiving.”

Visiting thousands of schools, and being a father of five himself, Green understands that it can be difficult to convince children of the true importance of reading and education. Kids often ignore advice given from adults and are in a place in their life where they are still unsure whether or not to believe things like school are really as important as their parents and teachers say. Green avoids delivering his message as any sort of command, and rather tries to show students how reading has helped him in his life and explaining how it can also help them, if they choose to do it.

“When I talk to students, I never tell you what to do, I tell you what you can do,” he said. “If you make a decision to do it, you can make yourself better.”

After the presentation, students had the chance to meet and take photos with all the presenters, before going home for the day.

Tim Green Visits Parkside Elementary School in Atlanta

Former Atlanta Falcons defensive end Tim Green reads to students at Parkside Elementary School in Atlanta on Dec. 2, 2015. Marlon A. Walker/
Former Atlanta Falcons defensive end Tim Green (center) reads to students at Parkside Elementary in Atlanta joined by current players Joey Mbu (left) and Vic Beasley Jr. (right) on Dec. 2, 2015.

In December, Tim Green stopped by Parkside Elementary School in Atlanta to share his love of reading with the local youth, read excerpts from his latest novel, and encourage students to get a good education and stay fit.

The 75+ students assembled in the library at Parkside Elementary School continuously asked Tim Green to keep reading from his book “Kid Owner” even after Green asked them multiple times if they were ready for him to stop.

Green is a New York Times best-selling author with nearly three dozen books written. His last 16 have been focused on young readers. “Kid Owner” is his 16th children’s book, published by Harper Collins, and has become a new favorite amongst his young fans.

After reading, the students made their way down the hall for an hour of rope climbing, football throwing, running and other activities as part of of the NFL’s “Play 60” program, which Tim has been taking one step further by adding “Read 20” to the recommendation.

Launched in 2007, Play 60 / Read 20 advocates for kids to have 60 minutes of physical activity each day to keep their bodies healthy, along with 20 minutes of reading to keep their minds sharp (added by Green.)

As Tim Green told myAJC, “I’m not curing cancer or creating world peace, but it’s my own way of giving back.”

“Teachers have been saying for years that reading for about 20 minutes a day enhances a child’s skills,” he went on. “The idea that all you have to do is play for 60 minutes a day to be physically fit, that’s something the NFL is promoting across the country. Kids can also read 20 minutes a day and make themselves stronger mentally and build their character.”

As a former NFL player and world-class athlete himself, it makes sense that Tim Green would promote fitness and reading in a single program.

The NFL has contributed more than $325 million to Play 60, allowing them to give more than 73,000 schools new programs that positively affect more than 38 million students.

As Tim Green tours the country speaking with students, some of his tours get funded by the schools themselves. When that is the case, he uses whatever he gets to buys books for those at less-fortunate stops along his journey.

As he describes, “I love seeing that reaction to know that kids are enjoying my stories. I do well enough to where I don’t have to ask them to buy books.”

The NFL’s Play 60 program has made a huge impact on young students lives, and it continues to grow in may ways:

• The NFL and American Heart Association recently released an updated version of the free NFL PLAY 60 app, where users can virtually race through “Super Bowl 50.”

• Washington Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan will be appearing in videos leading middle-school students through workouts in order to inspire activity.

• The NFL and Shriners Hospitals for Children have teamed up to create a free NFL PLAY 60 All-Ability Guide, which includes activities to help children with physical disabilities live active, healthy lives.

• The NFL and the National Dairy Council launched Fuel Up to Play 60 en español, extending their resources to Spanish-speaking communities.

Green was in town for several reading engagements over the course of his stay, including two events in cooperation with the National Football League’s Play 60 program.

Tim Green Featured in Briarcliff Daily Voice

Tim Green was featured in Briarcliff Daily Voice for his time discussing the importance of reading with Todd Elementary School. To view the original article written by Frank Mojica, click here, or simply read below.




Former NFL Player, Author Encourages Literacy In Briarcliff School Visit

Former NFL player and sports author Tim Green offered students advice for learning to love reading and becoming kind and encouraging people.
Former NFL player and sports author Tim Green offered students advice for learning to love reading and becoming kind and encouraging people.


BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. — Former NFL player and sports author Tim Green recently visited students at Todd Elementary School to promote a love for reading.

“The PTA and I invited Tim Green because he has great sports novels; and because he has powerful messages for kids that tie directly to our Habits of Mind Todd School initiative,” said librarian Tara Phethean. “[Green] promotes persistence, kindness and the Golden Rule, and we hope that those ideas resonate with the students.”

Green gave two presentations to students in third through fifth grades about his passion for sports and reading, as well as the importance of a quality education. He earned a law degree while still playing football.

“Now is the time to make yourself the best you can be – tolerant, forgiving, generous, kind,” Green said to the students. “The reason books can make us kinder is because when we read, we put ourselves in other people’s shoes.”

Green advised students to put down a book if they didn’t love it after five chapters, unless it’s for a school assignment. After sharing a story about his wife’s battle with cancer, he assigned students to find someone who is a little different and not a friend and say something kind to them.

Tim Green Featured in Village News

This month, Tim Green was featured on for his time spent at Elizabeth David Middle School where Tim had the opportunity to discuss the importance of reading, share his new book, and spread the word about his work on the NFL’s Play60/Read20 campaign. To read the original article, click here, or you can read below.



Former NFL player encourages reading at Elizabeth Davis MS

If your kids are not already a Tim Green fan, the author and NFL alumnus, they may have become one if she or he was lucky enough to see his presentation at Elizabeth Davis Middle School last Wednesday. Green spoke to Davis’ sixth grade classes and seventh grade English class students about his brand-new book, “Kid Owner.” He also discussed his involvement in the NFL’s Play60/Read20 initiative, which he kicked off with the NY Giants in September and followed up recently with the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys. The initiative focuses on the combination of physical fitness and reading as the building blocks of academic success.

Most importantly, Green wanted to stress the importance of reading during his presentation. “Pick up a book,” he said to the assembly. “Books make you stronger and better in your mind and heart. More compassionate. It allows you to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. You get to be that person in a story and it changes you.”

Tim Green signing autographs for students.

His compelling stories of his experiences and how storylines came about for his books were arguments and reasons why reading allows the reader to become empathic and more understanding of their peers and society in general.

“It takes work,” he said. “But find someone different, someone different in color, someone sad, lonely, sick…say something kind, something you would say to your best friend, teacher – do or say something kind to someone you don’t know. By doing that, feel the power of that – kindness. If you don’t realize that, that is the most important thing you can do in life, you are clueless. Making other lives matter, if you can’t do that then nothing else matters.”

Seventh-grader Gavin Dennis had the opportunity to hear Green speak. Dennis said he reads two to three books a year and was inspired by Green to read more. “He said a lot of inspirational words and told a lot of stories,” he said. “I was inspired by the story about his wife who was a cancer survivor and by the quarterback who had a learning disability and went on to do great things.”

Dennis said he understands and believes how reading puts you in the point of view of the character and how you start to feel something for the character.

Following the assembly, Green met with the Tim Green Club in the library for a book signing. The club was formed by Davis’ librarian, Susan Worsham. The club prepared for Green’s visit by reading Green’s book “Unstoppable.” The club’s assignment was to read 70 pages a week.

Green’s social impact extends even further than his books for middle schoolers, as he donates his speaker’s fees to kids who would not otherwise be able to purchase new books. “I believe in reading,” he said. “It makes us a better person. I know it is true.”

“I am not here to change the world. I want to help students who will listen and help make themselves better. Statistics show that two-thirds of fourth-graders in the U.S. are not reading on the fourth-grade level and it rises to 83 percent for kids living in poverty. We are a global nation and we cannot afford that.”

Tim Green’s five tips to get your kids Reading 20

  1. YOU get them started. Find a chapter book and read a couple chapters with your son or daughter. Once they’re into the story, encourage them to find out what happens next by reading on their own.
  2. Reading before screen time. Unless you’re in a rare minority, your kids spend a significant amount of time on a screen. It’s the world we live in, but have them get their reading in BEFORE screen time.
  3. There are no bad books. If your kids want to read picture books, graphic novels, cheesy series books, or classics, let them. It’s the act of READING that gets their brain stronger.
  4. The more you read, the more you can read. Remember, reading is like ice skating, the more you do it, the better you get and the more things you can do.
  5. This is my big one! If they don’t enjoy a book, put it down. I tell the thousands of kids I speak to each year that if they don’t love a book after the first five chapters to put it down (unless it’s a school assignment). I hope you’ll do the same.

For more info about Tim Green, please visit him homepage.

Tim Green Speaks With Students

Tim Green had to pleasure of visiting the enthusiastic readers of Hutsonville last month, by way of video chat. Tim had the chance to share with the young students how his past helped him to create the plot to the book, as well as shedding light on his past experiences that he incorporated into the text.

He shared with the students, the struggles he faced as he pursued his writing career. Similar to athletic, and legal undertakings he had sought, the path was difficult and there were many road block and bumps along the way. Sticking to his guns in those past situations always saw him through to success. Tim shared how he had written a book and attempted to sell it for a half a decade. When his agent called him and told him that he might not be cut out for writing, he had thought he had just been fired. What did Tim do? He did not quit and accept his fate, he continued to try and eventually, he became a best selling author.

Sharing this journey with these young students empowers them to see their potential through the journey of Tims. Anything is possible with enough drive to succeed, and to learn. Regarding the latter part of that statement, learning is best cultivated through reading. It offers the ability to open minds to different perspectives and gain deeper insight.

Hutsonville students all participated in reading 20 books from the Rebecca Caudill Young Reader’s Book Award list, and then voted on their favorite. Tim Green’s “Unstoppable” won by a landslide in the voting at the school.

To read the original article, click here. For more info about Tim Green, please visit his main website.

Tim Green Visits Northley Middle School

Tim Green Recently visited Northley Middle School in Pennsylvania where he shared how reading can help you grow and gain knowledge. Tim spoke to the students and signed books including Unstoppable.

NMS Author Visit Press Release

For more info about Tim Green, please visit his main website.

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