I'm heading to Miami

Some exciting personal news: This past weekend, I signed a priority free agent deal with the Miami Dolphins. I fly out this Wednesday and start working out with the team.

Since I won’t be in California for much of the summer, I found a great person to lead the Summer Reading Challenge. This year’s Lead Ambassador is Mike Saffell. Mike was a First Team All-Academic Pac-12 selection last season and is one of the best players on the team. Mike is fired up to tour around the Bay Area and promote the challenge.

If you’d like to get in touch with Mike, you can email him at michaeld02@berkeley.edu. Or, if you have any questions about the Reading Challenge, send them to bearsread@berkeley.edu. The semester is wrapping up in a few weeks. When finals are over, Mike will have more time to get out there and visit some schools!

Go Bears, and now, Fins Up!

A Message From Coach Wilcox

We already have over 500 sign-ups for the 2019 Summer Reading Challenge! There’s been an incredible response so far. I’ll provide more opportunities to support the challenge in the coming months. In the meantime, keep spreading the word!

For interested parents, I’ve copied a message from Cal’s head football coach, Justin Wilcox, regarding Cal’s youth football camp. At the bottom of the email, I’ve pasted a 20% discount code for Reading Challenge participants.

Dear Cal fans,

We are proud to announce that the Justin Wilcox Youth Football Camp is now open for enrollment!

Our football camp is designed to provide young boys and girls with a unique summer camp experience, while sharing our program values of hard work, teamwork, love of football and of course - Cal spirit! We are committed to bringing our expertise in the game and the development of sound and basic football fundamentals—offensively, defensively, and special teams skills—to our youngest Cal fans. 

 Our week-long program is a non-contact camp for kids of all skill levels and a special opportunity for young Cal fans to enjoy a week in beautiful and historic Memorial Stadium with our current Cal players and staff. Campers will receive age and skill appropriate instruction from the players they will be cheering on in the fall. We will also have surprise NFL guest appearances throughout the week. 

 The camp is open to boys and girls ages 5-13 and will take place from June 17-21 from 8 am – 3 pm, with the option of aftercare available until 5 pm. 

 This is an extraordinary opportunity for young Cal fans and football enthusiasts to not only receive expert fundamental training, but also to be immersed in a positive and inspirational college environment with current student-athletes, providing memories for your children that will last a lifetime! 

 For more information and links to enrollment, visit https://www.coachwilcoxfootballcamps.com/bears-in-training.html

Go Bears!

 -Justin Wilcox

For a 20% discount, use the code NextLevel2019. It’s available until April 30th!

Next week, we’ll announce the Lead Ambassador for the Summer Reading Challenge. Stay tuned.

2019 Summer Reading Challenge

Cal Fans,

Cal Athletics and I have partnered together to inspire and encourage kids to read more during the summer months. The Patrick Laird Summer Reading Challenge is a FREE reading program for grades TK- 6th.

Sign up here or to learn more about the Patrick Laird Summer Reading Challenge click here.

The Patrick Laird Summer Reading Challenge:

  • TK - 2nd Grade: Read at least 4 books this summer and receive (4) four tickets to Cal Football’s home opener vs. UC Davis August 31 

  • 3rd Grade - 6th Grade: Read at least 6 books this summer and receive (4) four tickets to Cal Football’s home opener vs. UC Davis August 31 

To register click here, questions please email bearsread@berkeley.edu.

Good News

I’m excited to share that next week Cal Athletics will officially announce the 2019 Patrick Laird Summer Reading Challenge. I want to share the news ahead of time to all of you as you have been very supportive of our mission and can be big part in making this year’s challenge a success. Sign-ups will be open for everyone and promotion will begin. I’ve taken many of your suggestions and we’re hoping to make this year’s challenge even better.

When sign-ups go live, let’s share and promote the mission to stop summer learning loss! I’m recruiting current Cal players to visit elementary schools so if you’re interested in a visit to your school, we can set that up in the coming months.

I look forward to connecting with all of you to make this year’s Summer Reading Challenge a success.