We use the power of sports to impact childhood literacy.
Clemson makes a big splash in the Fight for Literacy!
Your support helps create this impact story.
Nationally, 68% of 4th graders in the United States are not reading on grade level. This stat will ultimately prevent those 4th graders from having a say in how their life plays out.
In Pickens County, South Carolina, 60% of 4th graders are not reading on grade level, and this is the very stat Camp iRock works to address. Camp iRock is a summer reading intervention camp designed for more than 400 students who are currently behind reading grade level. The camp has won awards for its service in the community, due to 86% of campers experiencing no summer reading loss.
This is a story worth holding a megaphone to, and that is exactly what the Fight for Literacy does. Clemson University's Men and Women's basketball teams both hosted a Fight for Literacy Game during the 2022-2023 season to raise awareness about childhood literacy and to help drive funds to Camp iRock. Bringing a big voice to a big cause, Clemson, with support from our national presenting sponsor International Paper and local sponsor Cornell Dubilier, helped generate $55,934 to allow Camp iRock to sustain, strengthen, and scale their programming for kids.
Camp iRock has proven what is possible when we provide kids with access and opportunity. Clemson University has proven what is possible when combining the powerful platform of sports with a monumental cause like childhood literacy. International Paper and Cornell Dubilier have proven what is possible when corporations catalyze the effort. The end result is seeing communities rally, and kids receiving the benefit.
Thank you to United Way of Pickens County, International Paper, Cornell Dubilier and Clemson University for championing kids, and for being a leader in utilizing the Fight for Literacy platform!
Your financial support allows us to engage more teams and athletes in the Fight for Literacy. Help bring a BIG voice to a BIG cause!