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Join Nate Oats and Alabama Basketball in the Fight For Literacy initiative

True story: I accidentally misspelled “initiative” when I was writing this.

Alabama v Kentucky
Nate Oats wants John Petty to read the defenders in the lane
Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Next week begins Alabama Basketball and Coaching for Literacy’s #Fight4Literacy Week in Tuscaloosa presented by International Paper:

The #Fight4Literacy Week is a weeklong initiative (2.14-2.20) where local businesses and restaurants will join Coach Oats and the Crimson Tide in the #Fight4Literacy effort! The week culminates in the #Fight4Literacy Game with the Crimson Tide on 2.20.

This is actually a cool public/private initiative, with the city of Tuscaloosa, the University of Alabama, Coach Nate Oats, International Paper as the sponsor, and a host of local businesses chipping in, including:

The Houndstooth Sports Bar - 2.14-2.20 donating $1 from all specialty drinks

Taco Mama - 2.15 from 4-9 pm donating 10% of sales

Whataburger - 2.16 from 5-7 pm donating 20% of sales

Northridge High School Boys Basketball - 2.5.21 to host #Fight4Literacy Game

International Paper not only is sponsoring the drive, but it has pledged a 100% match to every donation (up to a total of $5,000). And all donations — every last penny — will go to early literacy programs at F.S.Ervin Elementary School, Alberta Head Start, and Reading Allies.

The week finishes off with the #Fight4Literacy game on February 20th, as the Crimson Tide takes the desiccated has-been husk of the Vanderbilt Commodores and throws them the roof of Coleman Coliseum, leaving their broken and mangled remains to water the grass by the Law School (seriously, Alabama is going to whip their ass.)

So, what are you waiting on? Make a gift today, check out a local business during their specials or buy a ducat and come on out to the Vandy game.

Roll Tide.