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 two free tickets to a Ball State athletics event!

Challenge Details:

  • Elementary schools are eligible to participate.
  • The 2018 winter challenge will take place between January 8-February 9.
  • Each elementary school will kick off the challenge by holding a reading party on January 8.
  • 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 February 9.
  • Progress will be tracked in each classroom using posters provided by Ball State Athletics.
  • On February 9, 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 provide a keepsake bookmark to each student who completes the program.  On the back the bookmark features instructions for parents/guardians to access complimentary tickets to a basketball game at Worthen Arena.


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 December 29, 2017.