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 an hour and a half each week at Paisley IB Magnet School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. For the past two years, the program has been led by Dr. Alan Brown and Mr. Wendell Dunn and sponsored by Ms. Bailey Allman, an eighth grade English teacher at Paisley IB Magnet School and a graduate of Wake Forest University.

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.

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)

“Far from Dunn: The Wendell Dunn Story” by Wake Forest Athletics

Paying it Forward” by Paul Carcaterra (ESPN)

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)