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Contact:  Chanda Temple, Director of Public Relations
Birmingham Public Library                   
Phone: (205) 444-9279 (cell)

Free June 28 Football Clinic With NFL Player Jerricho Cotchery Will be Part of the Birmingham Public Library’s Summer Reading Program

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ­– (June 4, 2014) – NFL player and Birmingham native Jerricho Cotchery will host a free football clinic at Legion Field on Saturday, June 28 for boys, ages 11 to 17, enrolled in the Birmingham Public Library’s Summer Reading program. Students have until Wednesday, June 11 to register for the Skills and Drills Football Clinic, which will provide a pair of free cleats and a T-shirt to each child.
Cotchery plays for the Carolina Panthers and will offer the clinic through his Cotchery Foundation. This is the seventh year the foundation has partnered with the library for the clinic, which will include coaching from NFL players. Cotchery will also participate in the library’s free tailgate party on Friday, June 27, which is for boys and girls involved in Summer Reading. However, attendees must pick up advance tailgate tickets from any of the 19 Birmingham library locations. The tailgate party, which is for ages 11 to 17, will be at the downtown Birmingham Public Library, 2100 Park Place, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Named for the famous Biblical city, Cotchery is deeply committed to his faith and to community outreach. He was moved to start the Cotchery Foundation in January 2007 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.” Cotchery has made it his mission to show that any individual can make a significant difference in the lives of others. Born in 1982, he attended Phillips High School before going on to North Carolina State University.

The goal of Summer Reading is to encourage children to read for pleasure and to read often. BPL will offer special programs and incentives to encourage patrons of all ages, from children to teenagers, to read what they enjoy. Parents, grandparents and caregivers may also participate. Once children read the number of books in their set goal, they are eligible for rewards. Reading rewards range from admission tickets from McWane Science Center and Vulcan Park and Museum to scavenger hunt prizes from the Birmingham Zoo and Red Mountain Park’s zipline.

Themes have been created for children, teenagers and adults. For example, this year’s children’s theme is Fizz Boom Read. Several children’s programs will include science and technology. Students don't have to just read about science and technology. They may read about anything they choose.  Magic shows, puppet shows, animals, movies, talent shows, fitness fun, story times and more will be available. Thousands of readers are expected to participate this year.  

Visit for more information. Also, parents should check their branch for specific program details. 
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