Paisley Sports Literacy Program

Last Session 2017

The Paisley Sports Literacy Program is a weekly after-school club for eighth-grade boys with an interest in sports. The program meets for two hours each week at Paisley IB Magnet School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The program started in 2016 and for the first two years was led by Dr. Alan Brown and Wake Forest student-athlete Wendell Dunn. The program is sponsored by Ms. Bailey Allman, a 7th- and 8th-grade English teacher at Paisley IB Magnet School. Since Wendell Dunn’s graduation, Wake Forest student-athletes Michael Allen, Kyle McKenzie, and Gerald Davis, Jr. have joined Alan Brown to lead the program. 

The primary goals of the Paisley Sports Literacy Program include:

  • to support youth through academic, social, and community engagement,
  • to empower students who are interested in sports to read and write for enjoyment,
  • to explore social issues that affect the lives of adolescents and young adults through culturally-relevant literature,
  • to improve literacy skills and practices that support learning across content areas and promote college and career readiness.

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The Paisley Sports Literacy Program has been supported by Wake Forest University’s Department of Education, Wake Forest Athletics, and the Office of Civic and Community Engagement. Initial grant funding was received from Winston-Salem Foundation’s Black Philanthropy Initiative. Many other individuals and groups have also supported the program, and we are thankful for each one.

 

News Coverage from the Paisley Sports Literacy Program:

Sports Talk, Free Snacks, Good Books: The Paisley Sports Literacy Program by Alan Brown (YA Wednesday Blog)

Wake Forest Football – Etiquette Dinner 2017” (video) by Wake Forest Athletics

Helping Middle Schoolers Become ‘Contenders’” by Cheryl Walker (Wake Forest News) 

After-school Club Entices Kids with a Mix of Reading and Sports” by Arika Herron (Winston-Salem Journal)

Becoming a Contender” by Kim Underwood (Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools)

The Contender 50th Anniversary Celebration and Reception at Paisley IB Magnet School


Information about Past Sports Literacy Programs:

Basketball and Books” by Cheryl Walker (Wake Forest News)

The Syllabus: The NCAA Tourney and Reluctant Readers” by John Newsom (Greensboro News & Record)