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Reading Champions

To foster a love for reading and to combat illiteracy in our region, the Penguins Foundation in partnership with U. S. Steel developed the program Reading Champions to encourage students to be champions of reading.


Reading Champion Students

Reading Champions

Launched in 2021, the Reading Champions program encourages 3rd grade students to grow their love for reading and their passion for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Over 161,660

Minutes Read!

Read to Succeed

Just like their favorite Penguins players, students must be dedicated and focused to reach their ultimate goal of being Reading Champions. Students are tasked with reading for 20 minutes a day – the same amount of time in one period of an NHL hockey game!


Books Donated

Reading Is The Goal!

Classrooms are provided with a teacher toolkit including a classroom poster, student folders, teacher gifts, bookmarks, reading trackers & more! Each classroom is given a set of 25 books focused on teamwork, kindness/anti-bullying, hockey & penguins to help them on their reading journey!


Prizes Awarded

In It to Win It

Encouraging teamwork, students read and tally up their minutes collectively as a class. There are three levels to the program with students working to achieve the Rookie, 1st Line & MVP levels! With each level met, the class will earn awesome prizes in the process. Plus, the classroom with the most minutes read walks home with the Steel Cup!

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