Butler Athletics, College Of Education To Host Annual Readers Day

Jan. 14, 2009

Indianapolis, Ind. - Butler Athletics and the Butler University College of Education will be hosting the second annual Outback Steakhouse Readers Day on Jan. 24, prior to the men's basketball game against Milwaukee at 2 p.m.

Readers Day is a part of Bookin' with the Bulldogs, an reading incentive program coordinated by the College of Education and Butler Athletics. This year, more than 1,000 students from 19 schools and youth organizations in Marion and Hamilton counties are participating in the program. Designed for kindergarten through eighth grade, the program provides complimentary Joey meals at Central Indiana Outback Steakhouse locations and a free ticket to any Butler athletic event to all students who successfully reach their reading goals.

Readers Day activities begin at 12:45 with the pre-game education fair in the West Gym. The fair will feature poster-making, read-alouds from Butler student-athletes, face-painting and activity stations from Irwin Library, WFYI, event sponsor Outback Steakhouse and more. Entrance to the fair is included with the purchase of a game ticket.

Fans can receive a $5 per ticket discount with the donation of a new or gently-used children's book for the Jukes Foundation for Kids, a non-profit organization founded by Butler forward Avery Jukes. All books will be donated to the Building Tomorrow Academy of Kiyamba, a village school located in the Kiboga district of Uganda, roughly 55 miles from the capital city of Kampala. Jukes helped build the school while on a mission trip with the Ambassadors for Children organization during the summer of 2008.

For more information on Readers Day, please contact Lindsay Martin, manager of sports marketing and promotions at 940-9468. For ticket information, visit www.butlersports.com or call 940-DOGS.