King of Kings is a basketball league that features talented players from all over, but it's also a way to inspire positive change here in the Mohawk Valley. One way they're doing that is by hosting a free summer reading program before games.
For the second summer, King of Kings is offering free summer reading and basketball for boys and girls in 4th and 5th grade.
This a four week program. Classes are every Monday and Tuesday. It starts at 5:45 and goes until 7 p.m. The class ends just in time for the kids to stay and catch some great hoops down the hall in the gym.
The mentors say basketball is a good incentive to keep kids reading.
"For a lot of kids, that was what got them through it," said Brook Newtown. "They hated the reading part and loved the basketball part so to be able to tie in more of the educational aspect along with the fun that's what helped a lot of them and definitely, I'd say got them through the book."
"It's a good way to get kids involved," added Sophia LoRe. "Sometimes it's hard to just sit down and read so the thought of basketball being involved, it's a little push for them to start doing it."
Classes start Monday, June 25 and end July 24, with a break during the week of July 4.