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NCAA® READERS BECOME LEADERS COMMUNITY PROGRAM ANNOUNCES READING COMPETITION WINNER
M.H. Moore Elementary Takes Home Crown
FORT WORTH, Texas (April 13, 2022) – The 2022 NCAA® National Collegiate Women’s Gymnastics Championships announced the winner of its annual Readers Become Leaders competition for elementary school children in the Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD) this morning at Dickies Arena.
The Fort Worth Sports Commission presented the championship trophy from the NCAA® to the winners at M.H. Moore Elementary School. The presentation included Mayor Mattie Parker, former U.S. Olympic gymnast Carly Patterson and FWISD Superintendent Dr. Kent Scribner. The presentation will be featured during ESPN2’s telecast of the NCAA® National Collegiate Women’s Gymnastics Championship hosted at Dickies Arena on April 14 and 16.
M.H. Moore’s students averaged 4,205 minutes read during the ten-week competition period. For their achievement, each student will receive five new books to add to their personal collection. M.H. Moore will receive a $1,500 credit from Scholastic Book Company and students will enjoy a pizza party provided by the Fort Worth Sports Commission featuring Clifford the Big Red Dog.
“We are extremely proud of the significant impact our collaboration with the NCAA and Fort Worth ISD has had on local students and this year was truly exceptional,” said Jason Sands, executive director of the Fort Worth Sports Commission, a division of Visit Fort Worth. "Fort Worth ISD has made a mark on the program by breaking the NCAA record for minutes read by a single school district."
This marks the fourth year Fort Worth ISD, in partnership with the NCAA®, the Fort Worth Sports Commission and the Scholastic Book Company, completed the Readers Become Leaders program. The ten-week initiative featured 40 elementary schools – representing 14,788 students – that read a total of 14,940,594 minutes. All students received a free book courtesy of the NCAA® and Scholastic Book Company for participating.
For photos of the presentation please click here.
The NCAA® National Women’s Collegiate Gymnastics Championship will be held in Fort Worth through 2026. For more information about the championships visit www.fortworth.com/ncaa.
Thursday, April 14 at 12:00 p.m. CST Semifinal Session 1
Thursday, April 14 at 5:00 p.m. CST Semifinal Session 2
Saturday, April 16 at 12:00 p.m. CST Final
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