Sheldon promotes literacy at Books & BBQ

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Mississippi RiverKings mascot, Sheldon the Turtle, was at the first annual Books and BBQ Saturday, June 6 at the Agricenter in Memphis to promote literacy in the Mid-South and to share information about the RiverKings Readers program.

Sheldon interacted with the kids during the day and passed out bookmarks, workbooks and information about the RiverKings Readers program. He was also an attentive listener during a small reading circle when several volunteers read to the children.

"Having Sheldon there added interactions in a creative fun way in our efforts to further our mission in promoting literacy," said Angela Cole, creator of Books & BBQ. "He was truly a much appreciated addition to the event, and last but not least - he has some fabulous dancing skills!"

In its first year the RiverKings Readers program had over 8,000 participants in local schools and it helped facilitate over 160,000 hours of reading. For more information on the RiverKings Readers program, or to sign up your classroom or school, visit riverkings.com/RKReaders.

If you would like Sheldon to appear at your school, camp or event, contact Lukas Favale via email at lukas@riverkings.com or by calling 662-342-1755.

The Mississippi RiverKings are proud to be the longest, continually operating sports franchise in the Memphis area, as they begin their 24th season in 2015. RiverKings' season tickets for the 2015-16 season are on sale now by calling 662-342-1755! Renew by August 1 to keep your 2014-15 seats. Pay in full by September 1 to receive a commemorative season ticket holder booklet. For more information, check out riverkings.com.

About the Mississippi RiverKings

The RiverKings are supported by our community partners, season ticket holders, fans, and grants from the Maddox Foundation, an independent private foundation based in Hernando, Miss. To find out more about the RiverKings, call 662.342.1755 or visit www.riverkings.com.

Mississippi RiverKings mascot Sheldon the Turtle takes part in a reading circle at the first annual Books & BBQ at the Agricenter in Memphis Saturday, June 6. While there Sheldon handed out bookmarks, workbooks and information on the RiverKings Readers program. © Mississippi RiverKings

Posted by Lukas Favale at 11:00 AM

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