MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Oakland Raiders football player Clinton McDonald gave back to the Memphis community in a big way Tuesday.
McDonald played at the U of M in the early 2000s. Tuesday, he teamed up with First Book and the University of Memphis to give 2,000 books to children in the community.
“Promoting reading and literacy to kids who don’t have the opportunity to receive those type of things, the type of privileges that others may have as far as access: to books, to information,” said McDonald. “So, we want to promote that to the youth now because these are going to be the people who are going to lead our future going forward. And, we want to give them as much going forward to be successful later down the road.“
“Clinton decided he wanted to make an impact everywhere that football has touched his life. So, he has partnered with First book to put thousands of books in every community where he has played,” said Dan Stokes, First Book Chief Administrative Officer.
Coach Mike Norvell and the Tigers mascot were also on hand for the big event.
Local 24 News Weeknight Anchor Katina Rankin also took part in the speed-reading contest on behalf of her nonprofit Katina’s Klassroom.