New York Giants center, Jimmy Cordle stopped by Falls Elementary School Friday morning to deliver a $200 check to the students and faculty as part of a literacy challenge he started last year after learning about the need in the West Muskingum School District.
"Through The Second and Seven Foundation, we were able to bring Jimmy Cordle in and he inspired the children and challenged them to read many books and if they did, they would get a donation from the Cordle Cares Foundation. And you know what, he’s a man of his word and he contacted us and said I’m ready to bring them the money," said Stephanie Winland, a parent volunteer at the school.
Cordle challenged the students to read five books each over the course of a school year, and they did. Cordle says he based his foundation off a Special Olympics bowling tournament he participated in while he was at OSU.
"That’s how we started and then when we started the foundation, we branched out of a football camp and gave away scholarships and do these outreach programs. I came here with Second and Seven, which is another organization based out of Columbus that spreads literacy. Now they’re launching satellites all around Ohio, not just Columbus, where they bring athletes to read to the kids and inspire the kids to read," said New York Giant, Jimmy Cordle.
The students also collected quarters and spare change to help raise funds to improve the library.