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UNCC, United Way, Panthers team up for literacy

UNC Charlotte, the United Way of the Central Carolinas and the Carolina Panthers teamed Tuesday to train literacy tutors and give their students a chance to work off some energy.

Tutor training took place Tuesday morning at UNCC for those who volunteered for the United Way’s Project 1,000, a volunteer push for readers, tutors and mentors to help at-risk children improve their reading skills.

Bruce Taylor, director of the Center for Adolescent Literacies and an associate dean at UNCC, led the training session. Meanwhile, students who will be tutored by the volunteers participated in a Play 60 camp directed by the Carolina Panthers. Play 60 is an NFL-led program emphasizing the importance of children getting exercise on a regular basis.

The students and tutors then gathered for a joint session, featuring Brad Lambert, head coach of UNCC’s new football program, and some student speakers.

All volunteers who signed up for United Way’s Project 1,000 received six new books to share with their students. Each student also received a book. The event was part of United Way’s Day of Action, in which United Way agencies across the country give back to the community.

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