Houston Rockets Women’s Organization and Reliant Partner on Book Drive Benefiting the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation
Houston Rockets Women’s Organization and Reliant Partner on Book Drive Benefiting the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 3:12 pm CDT
"Hurricane Harvey added to the literacy problem in Houston by taking away the limited books many families had"

HOUSTON – March 21, 2018 – The Houston Rockets Women’s Organization is joining forces with Houston Rockets partner Reliant to host a book drive benefiting the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation. The book drive will take place during the game against the Phoenix Suns at Toyota Center on Friday, March 30.


Fans who bring new or gently used children’s or young adult’s books to the game will be entered into a raffle for one of seven prize packages. One raffle ticket will be awarded for each book that is donated, and drop offs will be located at various arena entrances. Winners will be drawn during the game.


Each prize package will represent a Rockets star and feature an autographed jersey and a chance to meet the Rockets player immediately following the game. The seven prize packages represent the below players:

  • Ryan Anderson
  • Trevor Ariza
  • Clint Capela
  • Eric Gordon
  • James Harden
  • Chris Paul
  • PJ Tucker


“Hurricane Harvey added to the literacy problem in Houston by taking away the limited books many families had,” said Laurel D’Antoni of the Houston Rockets Women’s Organization and wife of Rockets Head Coach Mike D’Antoni. “Research tells us the number of books in a family's home is a more important factor in reading achievement levels than family income status or even a parent’s education level. We need all the books we can get to help children succeed!”


The Rockets Women’s Organization is comprised of the significant others of the players, coaches, and basketball operations staff. The Rockets Women’s Organization strives to make a difference in the lives of families and children by volunteering time, energy and resources to various charitable organizations in the Houston area.


“Reliant is passionate about being the hands and feet making a difference in our local community,” said Elizabeth Killinger, president of Reliant. “In partnering with groups like the Rockets Women’s Organization and Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation to ensure more children have access to books, we are one step closer to helping them reach their full potential.”


The Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation and more than 25 partner literacy nonprofits will arrive at Toyota Center on the morning of Monday, April 2 to select books for their programs.


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About the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation

The Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation is a charitable organization formed by Neil and Maria Bush to carry forth First Lady Barbara Bush’s legacy in the literacy cause and to focus deeply on breaking the intergenerational cycle of low literacy in the Bush family’s hometown. Founded on Mrs. Bush’s belief, “If you help a person to read, then their opportunities in life will be endless,” the Barbara Bush Foundation’s mission is to improve lives through the power of literacy – the ability to read, write, speak clearly and think critically. The Foundation serves as the champion across the Greater Houston area for the literacy cause, raising awareness for the value and importance of literacy, mobilizing volunteers and resources to build critical capacity of community-based literacy providers, and investing in local literacy programs and services that support children and families to develop strong literacy skills for success. For more information, visit www.bushhoustonliteracy.org or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bushhoustonliteracy  on Twitter @bushhoustonlit and on Instagram @bushhoustonlit.


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