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Braves announce summer reading program

ATLANTA -- This summer, the Atlanta Braves, the National Education Association's "Read Across America" and the Georgia Association of Educators are partnering with Georgia Public Library Service for the 2013 Atlanta Braves Summer Reading Program, "Home Run Readers."

The new educational outreach program encourages students to build a love for reading as well as advance their reading skills during the summer. Home Run Readers rewards students in grades K-12 throughout Georgia by providing one free Braves ticket for each participant who reads at least one book about sports or good sportsmanship. Discounted tickets for accompanying family members and friends will be $7 each.

All-Star pitcher Tim Hudson and All-Star second baseman Dan Uggla will serve as Atlanta Braves ambassadors for the Home Run Readers program.

"We know that reading and literacy will provide a platform for success and the keen knowledge to make wise decisions not only in school, but throughout their entire lives," said Executive Vice President of the Atlanta Braves Derek Schiller. "The Atlanta Braves are proud to provide a reward for the hardworking kids in the state of Georgia."

Reward tickets can be redeemed for any of the five following games:

-- Sunday, June 30, vs. Arizona Diamondbacks

-- Tuesday, July 2, vs. Miami Marlins

-- Monday, July 29, vs. Colorado Rockies

-- Thursday, Aug. 1, vs. Colorado Rockies

-- Sunday, Aug. 11, vs. Miami Marlins

"We are extremely pleased and excited about this partnership and to be able to offer these wonderful reading incentives to young people and families across the state," said Lamar Veatch, Georgia's state librarian. "A program that encourages education while providing fun for the entire family is a true treasure. Home Run Reading and its related events will be excellent examples of our three organizations' joint commitment to every community in Georgia."

Additionally, the Braves will host GPLS days at Turner Field on three separate dates. GPLS and local library staff will be on hand to enable fans that don't already have a library card to sign up for one at the stadium. The GPLS Days are slated for June 30 against the Diamondbacks, Aug. 18 vs. the Nationals, and Sept. 15 as the Braves take on the San Diego Padres.

Home Run Readers is open to all Georgia students in grades K-12 and runs through Aug. 11. Program rules, a list of suggested titles, registration information and redemption forms are available online at www.braves.com/reading.