Skip Prosser Literacy Program

The Skip Prosser Literacy Program, including the Skip Prosser READ Challenge, is a collaboration between the Wake Forest Department of Education, Wake Forest Athletics, Wake Forest Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and Wake Forest Office of Civic and Community Engagement, with support from Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools and the Winston-Salem based literary nonprofit Bookmarks.

The Skip Prosser READ Challenge was started in memory of former Wake Forest men’s basketball coach Skip Prosser in 2009. The program promotes reading by 4th grade students in Forsyth County schools and encourages them to read independently through out-of-class reading, in-class self-selected reading, and/or in-class silent-sustained reading. More information about the READ Challenge can be found on the program website at

To learn more about the history of the Skip Prosser READ Challenge, see “Reading: The Legacy of Skip Prosser” from Wake Forest Athletics.

In 2017, Dr. Alan Brown in the Department of Education began collaborating with Wake Forest Athletics to make the Skip Prosser Literacy Program the umbrella for various community-engaged literacy programs that involve undergraduate students and student-athletes from Wake Forest University. Learn more about this collaboration on his sports literacy blog.

One such project is Dr. Brown’s Paisley Sports Literacy Program, a weekly after-school club for eighth-grade boys with an interest in sports. The program meets each week at Paisley IB Magnet School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The program is currently led by Dr. Alan Brown; Donovan Livingston, Assistant Dean for Office of University Collaborations; Wake Forest students Michael Allen, Tony Jones, and Evan Simmons; Wake Forest alumni Kyle McKenzie and Gerald Davis; and Bailey Allman, eighth grade English teacher at Paisley IB Magnet School and graduate of Wake Forest University.