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Former NFL Player, Author Encourages Literacy In Briarcliff School Visit

Former NFL player and sports author Tim Green offered students advice for learning to love reading and becoming kind and encouraging people.
Former NFL player and sports author Tim Green offered students advice for learning to love reading and becoming kind and encouraging people. Photo Credit: Contributed

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. -- Former NFL player and sports author Tim Green recently visited students at Todd Elementary School to promote a love for reading.

“The PTA and I invited Tim Green because he has great sports novels; and because he has powerful messages for kids that tie directly to our Habits of Mind Todd School initiative,” said librarian Tara Phethean. “[Green] promotes persistence, kindness and the Golden Rule, and we hope that those ideas resonate with the students.”

Green gave two presentations to students in third through fifth grades about his passion for sports and reading, as well as the importance of a quality education. He earned a law degree while still playing football.

“Now is the time to make yourself the best you can be – tolerant, forgiving, generous, kind,” Green said to the students. “The reason books can make us kinder is because when we read, we put ourselves in other people’s shoes.”

Green advised students to put down a book if they didn't love it after five chapters, unless it's for a school assignment. After sharing a story about his wife's battle with cancer, he assigned students to find someone who is a little different and not a friend and say something kind to them.

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