Former UNC learning specialist starts virtual reading program for student athletes

athlete-reading-UNCFormer UNC-Chapel Hill learning specialist Mary Willingham, a public critic of college athletes’ academic preparedness, particularly in football and basketball programs, says she wants to help athletes before they get to college.

Willingham is leading an effort to launch a virtual reading program for student-athletes called PCRead. Toward that end, she’s launched a crowdfunding campaign on the website Indiegogo to try to raise $120,000 for the project.

In an interview Wednesday, she said the program will aim to improve student-athletes’ reading skills starting...

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