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Student-athletes encourage literacy at Super Bowl of Books


Jan. 31, 2014

MADISON, Wis. -- For many, the term ‘super bowl’ evokes images of bone-rattling tackles, tailgate food and commercial advertisements. For the students at St. Maria Goretti School in Madison, the term instead refers to the ‘Super Bowl of Books’, an annual reading competition.

John Zordani of the Wisconsin men’s tennis squad and UW football player Jake Keefer got in the super bowl spirit by helping to facilitate the event on Jan. 31. The student-athletes drew quiz questions that tested the students in grades three through eight on their knowledge of books they had been assigned to read in their spare time.

Keefer and Zordani were impressed by all the hard work the students put into preparing for the event, and enjoyed the time they spent helping to facilitate the competition.

 “They had fun team names and great spirit,” Keefer said. “I was glad to be a part of this event.”

“The kids were great and very competitive,” Zordani added. “I was glad to see how passionate the kids were about reading and we hope that we encouraged the growth of that passion.”


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