Letters to the Editor

When dads read with kids, all are winners

In the NFL, every success can be traced back to an enormous amount of preparation.

When our Indianapolis Colts won the Super Bowl in 2007, there was instant joy. We had reached the mountaintop. We were the best team in the NFL and had forever cemented our legacy.

The next feeling was relief. We proved that our preparations were worthwhile and we could revel in a moment without worrying about planning our next move. We had accomplished our goal as a team, as a family.

But while we celebrated our championship, other teams were scouting for the draft and free agency. We quickly realized we were five weeks behind in our preparations.

That illustrates why children need to make reading a habit this summer. Like coaching in the NFL, reading should not stop simply because this school season is ending. The next season is always quickly approaching.

All Pro Dads can help their kids prepare for their upcoming season by reading together every day, which is why I am issuing the Daddy Read To Me Summer Challenge.

The All Pro Dad and his kids who read the most books this summer will win a trip to Tampa this fall to meet with me and discuss the books you shared. The winner’s school library will also win a $500 grant from Scholastic.

Plan specific times to read together. Florida offers so many good reading opportunities: bedtime stories, beach days, car rides to theme parks, and those rainy afternoons. The reading you do together will strengthen your bond, not to mention your vocabulary. It is also the perfect summer conditioning program to have a child performing their best when the new school season arrives.

Fill out the online form at allprodadsday.com/summer-reading.

You will tell me how many books you read together and your favorite memory from your summer of reading. The All Pro Dad and kids who read the most books together will join me in Tampa. Put in the work now to be ready to win then!

Tony Dungy, national spokesman, All Pro Dad, Tampa