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Redskins Charitable Foundation Kicks Off "Redskins Read Book Challenge"

9/26/2012, 2:26 p.m.

The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, in partnership with Prince George's County Executive's Office, Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) and NRG Energy, Inc. launched the "Redskins Read Book Challenge" at a kickoff event on Tuesday, Sept. 25th at FedExField.

The "Redskins Read Book Challenge" rewards students from across the Washington, D.C. metro area who read 10 or more books during the 2012-13 school year with a Redskins Read Book Challenge reading certificate. Eligible students will also be entered into a drawing to win additional prizes. The reading certificates as well as the prizes are being provided by "Redskins Read Book Challenge" sponsor NRG.

The event featured an assortment of local celebrities who will read to more than 200 students from PGCPS including Templeton Elementary School, Overlook Elementary School, Langley Park-McCormick Elementary School, Forest Heights Elementary School, Columbia Park Elementary School and William Beanes Elementary School.

The all-star guests included Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker III, NRG Solutions President Tom Gros, Prince George's State's Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks, Prince George's County Sheriff Melvin C. High, Prince George's County Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor, Board of Education Members Amber Waller, Carolyn Boston and Henry Armwood, and PGCPS Interim Superintendent of Schools Dr. Alvin Crawley.

Prince George's County Council members and representatives from the Prince George's County Police Department and Prince George's County Memorial Library System also participated.

Students rotated to six different reading stations throughout the stadium including the Redskins locker room, press box and the Washington Redskins Cheerleader Dance Studio. Students had the opportunity to listen to excerpts from books such as Donavan's Word Jar by Monalisa DeGross, My Football Book by Gail Gibbons and The Busy Body Book: A Kid's Guide to Fitness by Lizzy Rockwell.

The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation also produces and distributes thousands of Redskins Read Activity Books free of charge to local branch libraries, school districts, nonprofit organizations and literacy centers. For more information on the Redskins Read literacy program or to find out how to participate in the "Redskins Read Book Challenge," visit HYPERLINK "http://www.redskins.com/redskinsread" www.redskins.com/redskinsread.

ABOUT THE REDSKINS CHARITABLE FOUNDATION: The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, the non-profit philanthropic arm of the team, combines the influence and popularity of the Washington Redskins with the resources and assets of area corporations. Founded by owner Daniel M. Snyder, the Charitable Foundation is guided by its Leadership Council that consists of CEOs who help shape and define the philanthropic efforts of the Redskins to achieve a measurable impact on youth development in the areas of education, community outreach and health and wellness. Visit HYPERLINK "http://www.redskins.com/" \o "http://www.redskins.com/" www.Redskins.com and click on Community for more information.

ABOUT THE REDSKINS: Headquartered at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Virginia, and owned by Daniel Snyder, the historic Washington Redskins Football Club has won five World Championship titles including the 1937 and 1942 National Football League Championship games, as well as Super Bowls XVII, XXII and XXVI. Founded in 1932 as the Boston Braves in Massachusetts, the team changed its name to the Redskins in 1933 and relocated to Washington, D.C., in 1937. Since then, the team has become one of the most recognizable professional sports franchises in history, featuring three Hall of Fame coaches, 19 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (with seven others who also were Redskins) and becoming the first team in the NFL with an official marching band and fight song, "Hail to the Redskins." The Redskins have been owned by Dan Snyder since 1999, and beginning in 1997, began playing their home games at FedExField in Landover, Md.