Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy Holds Catalyst 2014 Event
Justin and Lauran Tuck along with The 1:1 Fund, Citi Foundation, and The Admiral Center met to discuss expanding access to college savings accounts for all children in the Tri-State
New York, NY – Last week two-time Super Bowl Champion Justin Tuck and wife Lauran, along with Senator Cory Booker, The 1:1 Fund, Citi Foundation, and The Admiral Center held an inspired meeting with influencers in New York and New Jersey to help encourage and expand the work that has already begun to provide college access to all children in the region.
In 2008, when Justin and Lauran founded Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy, they addressed what they felt was a critical component of academic and life success: literacy. By encouraging middle school literacy and combatting summer learning loss, they hoped to get more low-income youth to college. After several years of tackling literacy, the Tucks felt like they had only addressed one important piece of the college access pie. While they were helping prepare students academically for success in high school, college, and beyond, they realized these students faced huge financial obstacles in getting to college.
In the United States, graduating from college is the most effective strategy for climbing out of poverty. However, less than 10% of students from low-income families graduate from college by their mid-20s. Recent studies demonstrate how that reality can be changed. Simply by helping these same young people establish savings accounts we can change the odds, because students with savings accounts are six times more likely to attend college than those without.
The Tucks have pledged over $150,000 in seed money to help start college saving funds for children in New York, and continue to help draw attention to this need by holding events such as the one last week. Through a partnership with the 1:1 Fund the Tucks are focused on raising funds to bring college savings accounts to every child in the region.
Along with their financial literacy commitment and involvement in New York and New Jersey, the Tucks remain involved with their Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy programming in the schools that they have worked with over the past six years, and will continue to encourage these children to READ, UNDERSTAND, SUCCEED, and HOPE by donating books and holding an essay contest.
“We are really excited about the college savers program,” said Lauran Tuck. “We wanted to expand our impact, and the research behind this work is so powerful. Children can build meaningful savings for college while learning about money and finance. Through our literacy and financial literacy initiatives, we hope to make college dreams become realities.”
In addition to their work with the schools in the Tri-State area and passion for helping New York and New Jersey children achieve the goal of attending college, the Tucks have also made sure deserving organizations in the area have been afforded grants in 2014.
As Tuck heads to the Raiders, he and Lauran will be taking their charitable efforts to Oakland as well, expanding Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy to a high-performing, high-need school in Oakland, CA.
About Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy
Drafted by the New York Giants in 2005, Justin Tuck is a two-time NFL Pro Bowl and two-time Super Bowl Champion. The All-Pro defensive captain recorded his best performance during Super Bowl XLVI, and his defensive dominance helped lead the Giants to victory over the New England Patriots in their second Super Bowl Appearance in five years. Tuck recently took his talents to the Oakland Raiders where he will lead the defense and a reemerging organization. Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy, a program founded by Lauran and Justin Tuck in 2008, encourages children to READ, UNDERSTAND, SUCCEED, and HOPE as they continue to nurture literacy in their lives. The initiative is committed to raising funds to donate books and other reading materials to enrich youth in the Tri-State, Oakland and Central Alabama communities. In 2013, R.U.S.H. expanded its focus to include financial literacy and college savings. For more information, please visit www.rushforliteracy.org .