Boston University Athletes Present Local Elementary School Students with the Holiday Gift of Reading

Contact: Erin Whipple, 617-358-1688 |

Boston – For the 9th consecutive year, Boston University student athletes are reaching out to area elementary schools this week to provide second-graders with the holiday gift of reading. Through this program, more than 260 student athletes will read to more than 500 second-graders around the city.

The Boston University Business Affairs Office and Barnes and Noble at BU have made it possible for the children to keep the books they are read as holiday gifts from the University. In addition, the teachers will all receive copies of For the Love of the Red Sox: An A to Z Primer for Red Sox Fans of All Ages, to share with their students. Further, each classroom will receive a stuffed animal in the likeness of Rhett the BU Terrier. The real live Rhett will also join the holiday celebrations posing for pictures and signing autographs for the children.

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research and the fourth largest independent university in the United States. With more than 30,000 students in its 17 schools and colleges, BU is a NCAA Division I school, with 24 varsity sports, many of which are nationally ranked.

For further information on the BU athletes’ visits to local elementary schools, contact Joseph Wash at 617-353-2078 or

Full Schedule of BU Athletes’ Visits to Local Elementary Schools

Wednesday, December 13
9:30 AM
Women’s Softball, Women’s Tennis, Men’s Soccer, Crew, Track & Field
James A. Garfield
95 Beechcroft Street, Brighton

9:30 AM
Women’s Lacrosse
Franciscan Children’s Hospital School
30 Warren Street, Brighton

9:30 AM
Cheerleading, Dance
Conservancy School
25 Arlington Street, Brighton

11:30 AM
Jackson Mann School/Horace Mann School for the Deaf
Women’s Soccer, Women’s Golf, Field Hockey, Track & Field
500 Cambridge Street, Allston

Thursday, December 14
9:30 AM
Alexander Hamilton
198 Strathmore Road, Brighton

9:30 AM
Field Hockey, Track & Field, Swimming, Crew, Baseball
Winship Elementary School
54 Dighton Street, Brighton

11:30 AM
Women’s Basketball, Men’s Swimming, Men’s Tennis, Crew, Track & Field
Thomas Gardner
30 Athol Street, Brighton