Fairfax Community Football Program Expands Successfully

Posted by Community Relations Department on 5/8/2013

The Football Program at Fairfax High School in Laveen initiated a community outreach program in 2010 that has expanded dramatically.  Called Tackling Literacy, Stampede football players visit local elementary schools, spend time reading to students and talking about the importance of being able to read and write.  This year, Varsity Head Coach Kevin Belcher secured over 700 donated books from an organization called the Second and Seven Foundation.  Football players Angelo Lopez, Dillon Proby, Fabian Gohlston, Kevin Webb, Eryk Gammage, Miseral Arumbula, Brandon Sellers, Deonte Simpson and Mykel Santebenze have visited all the second grade classrooms (25) at seven Laveen Elementary Schools, the mornings of April 26 and May 3 to read, talk to the students and distribute books. 



“The objective of this effort is to support early literacy development by motivating young learners,” said Belcher, who is also a science teacher at Fairfax.  “These student-athletes selected literacy as the focus of their community giving project because they recognize how essential reading, writing and understanding are for achievement as students and athletes.”