U.S. Figure Skating National Champion Rachel Flatt Partners with Reading Is Fundamental
Flatt to Help Promote RIF's Mission of Improving Literacy Amongst America's Youth
WASHINGTON, February 3, 2010—Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the oldest and largest children's nonprofit organization in the United States, today announced that they have partnered with 2010 U.S. Figure Skating National Champion Rachel Flatt. As part of the partnership, Flatt has taped a Public Service Announcement on behalf of RIF and will continue to support RIF's activities to support literacy throughout 2010.
At the 2010 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Spokane, Washington, the 17 year old Flatt became the first U.S. lady to break 200 points, winning the gold medal behind a personal best short program and free skate. The national title earned her a spot on the 2010 U.S. Olympic team and she will compete at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Feb. 12-28, in Vancouver, Canada.
"RIF is extremely excited and honored to align with Rachel Flatt to help spread the joy of reading to children across the nation. Rachel is an international figure who represents the very best of sports," said Carol H. Rasco, president and CEO of Reading Is Fundamental. "We are grateful to have Rachel as part of our team and we wish her all the best at the Olympics!"
The PSA was taped in Colorado Springs, CO and focuses on Flatt's passion for reading and how important it is for parents to read to their children.
Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. (RIF), founded in 1966, motivates children to read by working with them, their parents, and community members to make reading a fun and beneficial part of everyday life. RIF's highest priority is reaching underserved children from birth to age 8. Through community volunteers in every state and U.S. territory, RIF provides 4.5 million children with 16 million new, free books and literacy resources each year. For more information, and to access reading resources, visit RIF's website at www.RIF.org.