Sacramento Gold FC players took part in the 2016 National Read Across America Day Wednesday, educating students at Charles Mack Elementary School on the importance of reading.
"It was an honor to be invited by Charles Mack as guest speakers for the day," said Sacramento Gold FC midfielder Andrew Robles who, along with forward Ali Radmand, spoke and read to students.
Radmand and Robles were among the several officials, politicians, and other community figures who took time to create motivation and awareness about the value reading has in life. Their efforts were part of a nationwide program, organized by National Educational Association.
"It's always fun to give back and connect with the community in any way possible," Robles said. "We try to be positive role models both on and off the field. Reading and playing soccer with them was a great was to spend the morning, especially coming from a school where they all love to play soccer."
Read Across America Day began in 1997 as a way to get kids excited about reading as they do about, for example, sports. As the program expanded nationwide, more and more athletes have taken part to reinforce this idea.
The National Education Association celebrates Read Across America Day on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's book author Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.