ANCHOR LEAD: Two out of three kids in the United States are not reading proficiently by the end of third grade, and one out of four is not able to graduate on time from high school. So a major league sports franchise and a well-known charity organization got together to help make a difference. Brian Osuch has more. (:60)
SCRIPT: Newsbreak, I'm Brian Osuch. A group of 19 NFL stars representing every team in the league has teamed up with United Way to help recruit one million volunteer readers, tutors and mentors to improve the academic successes of students across America. Stacey Stewart is an Executive V.P at United Way. Stacey, why was Team NFL created?
CUT: (Stewart) We have in the United States a real challenge with respect to education. That's what United Way and Team NFL is all about. Is making sure that we provide all the supports necessary to help young people stay on track. To be able to read on grade level early in life. And be able to get a quality education.
SCRIPT: And leading the way as team ambassador is Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. Nnamdi, how did the NFL get involved?
CUT: (Asomugha) I was meeting with the United Way, and we were trying to figure out ways to get the number of volunteers up to reach the goal that we were trying to hit. And the idea came that if we can use members of the NFL and bring them together. We could do something special.
SCRIPT: For more, log onto unitedway-dot-org-slash-team-nfl. That's Newsbreak from the United Way.
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