Big Spike School Night Promotes Literacy

    USC men's volleyball fans donated more than 200 books to the USC ReadersPLUS Program.
    April 7, 2015

    On Saturday, March 28, the Trojan men's volleyball team invited more than 500 kids from local elementary and middle schools to its home match against rival UCLA to cap off National Reading Month.

    The first annual Big Spike School Night also encouraged fans to bring children's books to the match in exchange for free admission.

    In total, fans donated more than 200 books to the USC ReadersPLUS Program, which provides one-on-one tutoring for elementary school children in seven local schools. Every day, USC sends 100 college-student tutors to these schools to support literacy and math education.

    On April 15, a group of USC student-athletes will attend a ReadersPLUS after-school clinic at Vermont Avenue Elementary School. USC Athletics will also support ReadersPLUS endeavors at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books later this month to promote literacy at an early age.

    To learn more about the USC ReadersPLUS Program, visit their website.

    Schools in attendance at Big Spike School Night:

    Muir Middle School

    Nobel Middle School

    Ovile Vista Middle School

    Nightingale Middle School

    Elizabeth Middle School

    Orchard Academy

    Walnut Park Middle School

    Pio Pico Middle School