Toronto Raptors All-Star DeMar DeRozan and fiancé Kiara Morrison have announced the launch of the DeMar DeRozan All Star Book Program, in partnership with The BIGA Picture, First Book Canada and the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation. The new program will donate more than 3,000 books to ten grade five classes from ten schools in low income areas of Toronto.
“Promoting literacy and supporting youth in the Toronto community is very important to me because I personally benefited from a strong support team when I was growing up and saw firsthand the difference it can make,” said DeMar DeRozan.
The DeMar DeRozan All Star Book Program challenges students from one grade five class in ten schools to read a book and write a report each week for ten weeks, representing DeRozan’s jersey number: 10. The class with the most comprehensive book reports will win tickets to a Toronto Raptors home game, a visit by DeRozan and more books for every student in the winning class.
“To have a real NBA All-Star like DeMar DeRozan and his fiancé Kiara Morrison as the passionate ambassadors for this unique project is truly inspiring not just to the grade five students across the GTA participating in this program but to all the students in each school represented here”, said Tom Best, Executive Director of First Book Canada.