Press Release - Detail
Birmingham Public Library
For release Wednesday, April 28, 2010
CONTACT: Linda Wilson
Staff Development Coordinator, Public Relations Department
Birmingham Public Library
Phone: (205) 226-3746

BPL to Host “Score Big” with New York Jets’ Wide Receiver Jerricho Cotchery
Library’s 2010 Summer Reading Program To Feature Birmingham Native

Birmingham, Alabama—The Birmingham Public Library (BPL) is excited to once again host its “Score Big” with “Make Waves @ Your Library” and the Cotchery Foundation as part of its summer reading initiative. Jerricho Cotchery of the New York Jets, one of Birmingham’s native sons, has teamed himself and his foundation with the Library for this exciting reading challenge.

Cotchery founded The Cotchery Foundation in January 2007. He was moved to start the foundation as a result of his own personal memories and experiences growing up. He and his foundation have set out to “show that anyone can do extraordinary things if they have the desire and passion.” Simply stated, Cotchery has made it his mission to show that any individual can make a significant difference in the lives of others.

For the past three years, The Cotchery Foundation has hosted a Skills and Drills Football Clinic with Jerricho Cotchery. In 2009, The Foundation asked the Birmingham Public Library to join them to enrich the experience. In order to register for the 2010 Skills and Drills Football Clinic, youth from 11-18 must have completed the “Score Big” component of the “Make Waves @ Your Library” summer reading program. Seven points are necessary to qualify. Youth may score points by registering for the program (1 point), reading an entire magazine (3 points), and reading an entire book (6 points). “Score Big” registration forms are available at all Birmingham Public Library locations. The completed registration forms are due by June 9, 2010. Only two hundred participants will be selected to attend the Skills and Drills Football Clinic. Those selected will be notified by June 15, 2010.

In addition to being eligible for the Skills and Drills Football Clinic, all those who “Score Big” are invited to a Teen Tailgate Party at the Birmingham Public Library on Friday, June 25, 2010. The celebration will take place on the first floor of the Central Library, located at 2100 Park Place, from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. There will be music, dancing, photo ops with Jerricho, food and lots of fun. Visit any Birmingham Public Library for registration materials and additional information.
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