2nd and 7th event on Saturday to collect books for children in need


Founded by former Ohio State football players Luc Fickel, ryan miller and Mike VrabelThe nonprofit, 2nd & 7 will unveil Columbus’ first free children’s book bank and reading center early next year.

The organization, which focuses on promoting reading and positive role models to second-grade students in need, will celebrate the launch of the Book Bank and Reading Center on February 7, 2023. It will be located at 7949 N. High St.

Ahead of the opening, the organization will begin collecting new and used book donations from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at Book Bash at the Bridge, located at Bridge Park, 6741 Longshore St., Dublin. The event will include a celebrity 8-ball shootout and a free concert.

For more information on Saturday’s event, visit www.secondandseven.com.

Based in Columbus, 2n/a & 7 was founded in 1999 by former OSU footballers Fickell, Miller and Vrabel. By 2n/a & 7’s Tackling Illiteracy, the organization promotes reading by providing free books and positive role models to second graders in need while encouraging inspiring young athletes in the community to give back. The association grew out of funds generated by a soccer camp, allowing athletes to purchase books to distribute to seven different sophomore classes. Since, 2n/a & 7 has donated over half a million pounds to children in need in nearly 200 communities in 26 states. For more information, visit www.secondandseven.com.

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