Photo by Wilisha Scaife.  Charlie Cardinal and several 2016 reading challenge winners at BSU football gameBall State’s Charlie Cardinal wants to reward your students for reading!

When your elementary school joins Charlie’s Reading Challenge, your students can earn a voucher for two free tickets to a Ball State athletics event!

Challenge Details:

  • Elementary schools are eligible to participate.
  • The 2017 fall challenge will take place between September 5– October 3.
  • Each elementary school will kick off the challenge by holding a reading party on September 5.
  • Each student will be asked to read 4 books at their reading level (each school will decide on appropriate reading selections) and complete an assignment corresponding to the readings by October 3.
  • Progress will be tracked in each classroom using posters provided by Ball State Athletics. Participating schools also will receive a Charlie’s Reading Challenge banner.
  • On October 3, the designated school representative will tally the number of students who have successfully completed the challenge and send the number to Ball State Athletics.
  • Ball State Athletics will send ticket vouchers for a fall game to the school representative to distribute to students/families.

Want to learn more? An information meeting will be held at the Ball State Alumni Center on August 15 from 3:30-4:30 pm. Sign-up to attend.


Contact Suzie Jones, Project Coordinator, Office of Community Engagement, at 765-285-2772 or by email.

Click here to complete the registration form for your school to participate in Charlie’s Reading Challenge by August 25, 2017.