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A dinner to meet former professional sports figures to raise funds for literacy initiatives.
Winning the game for Children's Literacy! The Rotary Club of Providence and the club's charitable foundation partnered with former sports legends and people from the media to put on a gala. The gala honored a Literacy Champion-Malcolm Mitchell, a former U. of Georgia and New England Patriots football player. Malcolm, who is 26, shared his own struggles as he was unable to read throughout high school. He joined a book club at a local book store while in college in order to learn to read. His professional career ended after only one year at which time he wrote a children's book and started a foundation to support literacy. Other legends attending the gala were former Bruins, Celtics, and New England Patriots. The club solicited over $50,000 in sponsorships; $19,000 in-kind donations and the live, silent and countdown raised an additional $28,000 for literacy. In the 114th year history of the club this was the club's largest amount raised by the club in one evening.