ST. PETERSBURG – Evan Longoria and the Rays Baseball Foundation have teamed up with the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation for this year’s “Reading with the Rays – Read Your Way to the Ballpark” program.
This summer, the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation, Longoria and the Rays Baseball Foundation will host the seventh season of Reading with the Rays, an incentive-based reading program that encourages kids to avoid summer learning loss by reading 24 hours during the summer months. Participating libraries track kids’ progress and award prizes for reaching certain goals, including a free ticket to a Rays game.
Reading with the Rays is made possible with the help of the Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education and public library systems in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee, Citrus, Polk, Pasco, Hernando, Sarasota and Charlotte counties.
“Reading with the Rays has grown to become a pillar of our community outreach efforts,” Rays Senior Vice President Mark Fernandez said. “We are proud to be joined by our partners at Suncoast Credit Union in delivering this program to more children than ever and significantly impacting reading development over the summer months throughout our region.”
Kids can pick up their Reading with the Rays game card at a participating library to begin reading around the bases anytime on or after June 8. Representatives from the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation, the Rays Baseball Foundation and all participating county libraries.
“Reading with the Rays compliments our mission of supporting educational initiatives for children in the local community,” says Mary Tlachac, executive director of Suncoast Credit Union Foundation. “Reading is a wise investment of time and because there are many benefits to establishing reading habits at an early age, we believe this program will encourage and excite children to read beyond the school year.”