UAB Men's Basketball Shows Support for Alabama Reading Initiative

Members of the UAB men's basketball team helped out with the Alabama Reading Initiative.

Nov. 6, 2013

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. --- UAB men’s basketball student-athletes teamed up with members of the Alabama Reading Initiative to support literacy in the state of Alabama.

The Alabama Reading Initiative (ARI) is a statewide K-12 initiative managed by the Department of Education. The goal of the ARI is to significantly improve reading instruction and ultimately achieve 100% literacy among public school students. The Alabama Reading Initiative provides differentiated levels of support, including professional development, onsite support, and school coaches to over 1,000 schools. The initiative focuses intensely on three aspects of the teaching of reading: preventing reading difficulties, identifying struggling readers and intervening to help them become proficient readers, and expanding the reading power of all students. 

Members of the ARI, Region 5 team looked to UAB for representation of the region. They donned green and gold ARI t-shirts to show their support for the Blazers. As part of their campaign, the photo with the Blazers can be seen at and will also hang in the Alabama State Department of Education.