EUGENE, Ore. – The University of Oregon Athletic Department and Kendall Toyota have teamed up with 11 local elementary schools and introduced Read with the Ducks, a reading program promoting literacy and offering kids an opportunity to see the 2013-14 Oregon men’s basketball team in action.

“Kendall Toyota is dedicated to supporting youth education initiatives in our local community through partnerships with like-minded organizations such as the University of Oregon’s Athletic Department,” said Chelsey Lee, community relations specialist at Kendall Toyota of Eugene. “We are proud to join the university for the inaugural season of our Read with the Ducks program and look forward to meeting our local Literary Leaders at the Ducks’ home basketball games.”

Duck Fans can purchase season tickets starting at only $150 and donate to the Read with the Ducks program and receive a 100 percent tax deductible receipt from the local school they support. Throughout the program, students will submit reading logs through their schools to the University of Oregon, and after successfully achieving their reading goals, students will receive two tickets to a Ducks game. Not only does this encourage literacy in our local schools, but it also introduces a new generation of Ducks fans to Oregon basketball at Matthew Knight Arena.

“Thanks to the support of our great partner Kendall Toyota and our loyal Duck fans, this program is already on track to welcome more than 3,000 local youth to Matthew Knight Arena this season for a Ducks game, and that number continues to grow daily with additional donations,” said Matt Harper, General Manager of Sales at Duck Tix.

For more information or to make a donation, contact Megan Reyes at 541-346-8453 or mreyes2@uoregon.edu with a Visa or MasterCard, or mail a check to the following address:

Megan Reyes
Read With The Ducks
2727 Leo Harris Parkway
Eugene, OR 97401