A Chicago Wolves initiative that began 23 years ago, Read to Succeed has become a tradition that touches Chicago youths every year in libraries throughout the city.
Since the program began in 1995, the Wolves have visited more than 100 different libraries in Chicago, and have had interactions with more than 500,000 kids. Read to Succeed‘s primary objective is to encourage reading and to highlight the importance of education.
Throughout each hockey season, members of the Chicago Wolves actually visit libraries and speak to children about the important role that education has played in the lives of even a professional athlete. With players coming to visit them live and in person, the hope is that this initiative will show kids that if some of their favorite hockey players are reading, than perhaps they should as well.
With a lull in the Wolves schedule this week, it was a perfect opportunity for the team to kick off this program.
Yesterday, 23 year old defenseman Jake Bischoff visited the skokie public library, and spoke to kids there about the value of education and reading.
Bischoff was greeted by many enthusiastic youngsters, and it is expected that there will only be more hype surrounding the program as it continues.
The library visits continued today, as Tyler Wong visited the Crystal Lake Public Library district at 4pm, and will head to the Cary Area Public Library afterwards, for a 7pm appearance with more kids.
Wong’s teammate Jake Walman also had a 4pm visit at the Westchester Public Library today.
To the average person, an initiative like Read to Succeed might seem insignificant to a professional hockey player’s path to the NHL. However, part of being a professional athlete, involves getting out in the community. Hockey players, as well as athletes from other sports, are seen as huge role models by young children who might also aspire to make it to the highest level one day.
This program is not just inspiring kids to develop good habits, but it’s also preparing members of the Chicago Wolves for life as a professional hockey player, by highlighting the importance of using their reach to influence positive changes in communities.