Read Your Way to the Big Game LogoClemson Football fans have the chance to compete with their University of South Carolina friends – and provide needed books for schoolchildren across the Palmetto State.

As part of the S.C. Education Oversight Committee’s “Read Your Way to the Big Game” contest, education students from Clemson and USC will engage in a friendly competition to see who can provide the most books for S.C. classrooms. Clemson’s book donations will be given to some of its newest education graduates in the early stages of building classroom libraries.

Prior to home Nov. 7 game against Florida State, Clemson Eugene T. Moore School of Education students will accept monetary donations for books that can be donated to Clemson graduates who are now teachers in S.C., many from the state’s underserved areas. The donation tent will be located across the street from Bowman Field from 10:30 a.m-2:30 p.m.

Students also accepted donations before the Appalachian State game on Sept. 12 and the Notre Dame game on Oct. 3.

The “Read Your Way to the Big Game” contest is a partnership with the athletic departments of the University of South Carolina and Clemson University to motivate and incentivize all elementary and middle school students in South Carolina to read grade-level texts. The contest provides the opportunity for students who meet a six-book challenge to qualify for tickets to the Palmetto Bowl, the “big game” between the University of South Carolina and Clemson University football teams on Nov. 28.