Literacy advocate, Super Bowl champion Malcolm Mitchell visits Cenla

ALEXANDRIA, Louisiana (KALB) – From starring in college football at the University of Georgia to winning the Super Bowl with the New England Patriots in 2017, Malcolm Mitchell has accomplished it all in his athletic career. Now, Mitchell is an author and literacy champion, traveling the country to underserved areas to speak to students about the importance of reading and encourage them to read the books.

“I had no idea what reading could do for you, I mean, I had no idea,” Mitchell said. “So I went through the process of how this has enriched my life and I was like, everyone needs to know about this because there’s clearly a group that missed this message, and I was doing part of this group. So what can I do to make sure that everyone I come in contact with, every child in the world, understands what this could do for your life?”

Growing up, Mitchell struggled to read. It wasn’t until he joined a book club in college that he discovered how much he missed him. So, in 2016, Mitchell founded the Share the Magic Foundation and wrote her first children’s book. “The Magician’s Hat”, the book he reads to students during his presentations. During these presentations, Mitchell said he sees students facing many of the same challenges he faced as a child.

“Sometimes you’re dealt cards not knowing what game you’re playing, and that was kind of my life and a lot of people’s lives, you’re just trying to figure it out,” Mitchell said. “I think reading helps you figure that out much earlier.”

The Rapides Foundation helped bring Mitchell to central Louisiana. Joe Rosier, the organization’s president, said the organization believes in Mitchell’s message.

“When you look at achievement and education, early literacy is the ultimate, and so Malcolm has certainly emphasized the importance of that and hopefully built support for that,” Rosier said.

Despite his accomplishments on the football field, Mitchell said getting kids to read is an accomplishment he holds above all others.

“I would choose that over winning the Super Bowl any day of the week,” Mitchell said. “If it was just a kid whose life was redirected because of the message we’re sending, I’d trade him, every day.”

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