Press Release - Detail
Janine Langston
Coordinator, Literacy, Outreach, and Youth Services
Birmingham Public Library
(205) 322-6371

Birmingham Public Library to Host “Score Big” with New York Jets’ Wide Receiver and Birmingham native Jerricho Cotchery

Part of Birmingham Public Library’s 2009 Summer Reading Program, “Express Yourself”

May 1, 2009, Birmingham, AL— The Birmingham Public Library is excited to host “Score Big” with Express Yourself and the Cotchery Foundation. Jerricho Cotchery, one of Birmingham’s native sons, has teamed himself and his foundation with the Library.

Born in 1982, Cotchery grew up to be an incredible athlete. He excelled at Phillips High School in Birmingham and attended North Carolina State University. The New York Jets drafted him in 2004. In 2008, as a Jets wide receiver, Jerricho Cotchery caught 71 receptions for almost 900 yards, including five touchdowns. He has had a stellar career so far and is poised for a great 2009 season.

Named for the famous Biblical city, Jerricho is deeply committed to his faith and to community outreach. He would like to encourage all students ages 11 to 15 to read by participating in the 2009 summer reading program. Qualified Birmingham Public Library “Express Yourself” Summer Reading participants will have the opportunity to attend the Cotchery Foundation’s 3rd Annual Skills and Drills Football Clinic for free. The Foundation will host the clinic on June 20, 2009 at Legion Field. Secondly, participants may attend a free bowling event at Lightning Strikes in Trussville, AL, on June 19, 2009.

Each summer reading participant must score a minimum of seven points to qualify. Students may score points by several ways. Registering for the program scores one point, reading an entire magazine score three points, and reading an entire book scores six points. Patrons may pick up the “Score Big” registration forms at all Birmingham Public Library locations. The registration forms are due by June 8, 2009. For more information, please contact the Literacy and Outreach Office at 322-6371. Jerricho and the Birmingham Public Library both look forward to seeing you this summer.

Event: Score Big with Express Yourself Summer Reading Program and The Cotchery Foundation
Date: Registration begins Monday, May 4, 2009
Place: All Birmingham Public Library locations
Cost: Free
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