United Reads returns for Spring 2012

D.C. United and its charitable arm, United for D.C., announced today the schedule for United Reads during the 2012 spring season. United Reads is a signature program created to encourage elementary school students in the greater Metropolitan area to fall in love with reading and to promote the importance of healthy lifestyles. United Reads is currently in its tenth year and is sponsored by TD Bank with support from Volkswagen. The program will continue to partner with the Heart of America Foundation to provide new books to every student during D.C. United player visits to each school.

The spring season is highlighted by a host of player appearances at participating schools. United Reads will be at the six partner DC Public elementary schools between May 9 and 22. The spring session will include a visit to each school featuring a reading assembly for students in older grades and in-class visits for students in younger grade levels. During the visits, United players, staff and volunteers will actively engage students in activities and readings to encourage healthy lifestyles and the importance of reading. Visits will also feature a visit from D.C. United’s mascot, Talon. At the end of each visit, every student will receive at least two new age-appropriate books to add to their home libraries.

The first visit by D.C. United players will be this Wednesday, May 9 at Simon Elementary School. Defender Ethan White and midfielder Lance Rozeboom will participate in the spring’s first United Reads event. Details are below.

Players: Lance Rozeboom and Ethan White
What: United Reads
When: Wednesday, May 9; 1:30-3:15 p.m.
Where: Simon Elementary School
401 Mississippi Ave SE – Washington, DC

The following is the rest of the United Reads 2012 spring school schedule:

Ketcham Elementary School (Ward 8)
1919 15th St. SE
Washington, DC 20020
May 14

Savoy Elementary School (Ward 8)
2501 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE
Washington, DC 20020
May 22

Simon Elementary School (Ward 8)
401 Mississippi Ave SE
Washington, DC 20032
May 9

Payne Elementary School (Ward 6)
305 15th St. SE
Washington, DC 20003
May 18

Bruce-Monroe Elementary School (Ward 1)
3560 Warder St NW
Washington, DC 20001
May 17

Tubman Elementary School (Ward 1)
3101 13th St NW
Washington, DC 20010
May 10

For more information about United Reads or any of United for D.C.’s programs, please visit

About Heart of America
Founded in 1997, The Heart of America Foundation's mission is to provide disadvantaged children with the tools they need to read, succeed and make a difference in life.  The Heart of America Foundation's programs uniquely combine volunteer service and literacy.  The organization is volunteer-led and peer-driven, operating with a small staff and hundreds of volunteers.