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Tim Green Helps NFL Launch ‘Read20′ Program With NY Giants’ Rashad Jennings

The NY Giants and the NFL have advocated 60 minutes of activity a day for kids across America to promote physical fitness.

Now, the team is adding education to that message.

The Giants with the help of running back Rashad Jennings are teaming up with NFL veteran and NY Times Bestselling author, Tim Green to do their first ever Play60/Read20 event on September 30 at the Berkeley School in Bloomfield, NJ, from 1 – 3 p.m.

Berkeley was the perfect school to kickoff this initiative since a majority of the students are Hispanic and the event coincides with the Giants Hispanic Heritage Month.

Tim Green

Tim Green

After experiencing the NFL’s Play60 activities with Rashad and Tim, Berkeley’s 6th graders will head to the school library to Read20. Rashad and Tim will alternate reading the first few chapters of Green’s latest middle grade novel, FIRST TEAM, then talk to the kids about the importance of reading to build academic strength and character. Each of the 6th grade students will receive their own copy of FIRST TEAM, (9780062208750; on-sale: 9/30/14; $16.99; ages 8 – 12).

After studying writing at Syracuse University where he was an All American football player, Tim was drafted in the first round of the NFL draft by the Atlanta Falcons where he was a top defensive player for eight years.

While Tim played in the NFL, he also studied law and began his writing career.

By the time he retired from football in 1994, Tim had already published his first book and become a lawyer. In addition to those two jobs, he began working as a television broadcaster for FOX NFL Sunday and other shows, including Battlebots, Good Morning America, Court TV, A Current Affair, and most recently, Find My Family.

Tim Green in his NFL days as an Atlanta Falcon

Tim Green in his NFL days as an Atlanta Falcon

After writing more than a dozen books for adults, Tim began writing a series of novels for young readers set in a world of sports taken from his own experiences as an athlete and a coach.

In the meantime, Tim has visited more than 800 schools and spoken to more than 400,000 students across the United States about the importance of education and character, in addition to the joys and benefits of reading.

Among those appearances have been visits to schools in Fulton, Mexico, and others in Oswego County.

The NY Giants and the NFL have advocated 60 minutes of activity a day for kids across America to promote physical fitness. Now, the team is adding education to that message. The Giants with the help of running back Rashad Jennings are teaming up with NFL veteran and NY Times Bestselling author, Tim Green to do their first ever Play60/Read20 event on September 30, 2014 at the Berkeley School in Bloomfield, NJ. Green, above, is shown reading at one of the more than 800 schools he has visited across the nation delivering his message about the importance of reading, education and character. Green will participate in another Read20 event Oct. 14 in Chicago with the Chicago Bears and tight end, Martellus Bennett.

The NY Giants and the NFL have advocated 60 minutes of activity a day for kids across America to promote physical fitness. Now, the team is adding education to that message. The Giants with the help of running back Rashad Jennings are teaming up with NFL veteran and NY Times Bestselling author, Tim Green to do their first ever Play60/Read20 event on September 30, 2014 at the Berkeley School in Bloomfield, NJ. Green, above, is shown reading at one of the more than 800 schools he has visited across the nation delivering his message about the importance of reading, education and character. Green will participate in another Read20 event Oct. 14 in Chicago with the Chicago Bears and tight end, Martellus Bennett.

Tim serves on the board of the Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse, as well as the National Writing Project. He lives with his wife, Illyssa, their five kids, and two dogs in Upstate New York. When Tim isn’t writing, he enjoys boating, fishing, hunting, reading, and spending time with his family and friends.

He calls reading “Weight Lifting for Your Brain.” “I’m thrilled that Rashad and the New York Giants are supporting the addition of Read20,” said Green. “As a former pro athlete, I know how important it is to have a strong educational foundation for later in life, and this program exemplifies just that.” Green’s 13-book series, published by Harper Collins Children’s, has sold over one million copies to date.

Rashad Jennings of the NY Giants

Rashad Jennings of the NY Giants

The Rashad Jennings Foundation Mission: To inspire youth by making education fun, to provide mentorship for individual success, and to promote health and fitness worldwide. Rashad Jennings, who describes himself as an avid reader, realizes that one of the key reasons why his childhood dreams are a reality today is because, in his youth, someone cared enough to inspire him through education, provide him with mentorship for success, and encourage health and fitness as a way of life. These real-life experiences are what drive the Rashad Jennings Foundation; it is why we do what we do!

Oswego County Federal Credit Union, ‘Good Morning America’ Team Up To Save Oswego Family $58,000 With ‘Savings Makeover’

Oswego County Federal Credit Union (OCFCU), joined with ABC News’ Good Morning America (GMA) to help the Gunn family of Oswego save more than $58,000 with a Savings Makeover,  said Bill Carhart, OCFCU CEO.

“Tom and Nancy Gunn of Oswego, two of our members, were selected by GMA from hundreds of people who wrote in asking to be part of the show’s Savings Makeover series,” Carhart said. “GMA’s Consumer Correspondent, Elizabeth Leamy,  taped the segment at OCFCU’s new Mexico branch at 5530 Scenic Ave. (Route 3).

Total savings for the Gunn family was $58,288. To achieve this, a variety of areas of their finances were re-vamped or revised, Carhart said. They were able to save $4,632 over the next two years by revising their cell phone, cable and Internet plans. A copycat grocery-shopping program is slated to save them $3,900 a year.

Oswego County Federal Credit Union (OCFCU), joined with ABC News’ Good Morning America (GMA) to help the Gunn family of Oswego save more than $58,000 with a Savings Makeover, said Bill Carhart, OCFCU CEO. Shown here, from left: Jim Gunn, 21; Khadijhah Malone, 16,; Aimee Johnson, OCFCU senior lending officer; Bill Carhart, OCFCU CEO; Elizabeth Leamy, GMA consumer correspondent; Chloe Gunn, 8; Nancy Gunn; Nick Gunn, 24; and Tom Gunn.

“We also worked with Brendan Higgins of the Thousand Islands Agency, Clayton, to save the family $2,082 on their car insurance. Aimee Johnson, our senior loan officer,  worked with  the Gunns to refinance their mortgage and have it paid off in 11 years instead of 19 years,  which saves $33,473.  Finally, we combined two car loans and existing credit card debt into one loan to be paid off in three years, the Gunns will save another $13,684.

“You don’t have to win a national contest to save on your finances, however, Oswego County FCU works with our members on financial makeovers every day. I encourage anyone who wants to improve their overall finances to join us and see Aimee or any one of our loan officers. They’re always ready to help.”

“We are thrilled to have won this opportunity and amazed at the results,” said Nancy Gunn. “ Both ABC’s Elizabeth Leamy and Oswego County Federal Credit Union worked so hard to help us achieve these savings and they did it well beyond our expectations. We will always be grateful.”

To see the story, which aired Dec. 22,  go to GMA’s home page:  http://abcnews.go.com/gma and type “Savings Makeover” in the search box.

Founded in 1975, OCFCU is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative association, which serves more than 6,300 members from throughout Oswego County. OCFCU’s charter was revised in early 2007 so that anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school in Oswego County is eligible to join.

OCFCU has two offices in Oswego. The 300 W. 1st St. office can be reached at 326-0138 and the 175 E. 7th St. office can be reached at 343-7822.  The Mexico office can be reached at 963-2722. Further information can also be found online at www.oswegofcu.com.

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