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Justin Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy

Literacy Champion Spotlight



In 2008 Justin Tuck and his wife Lauran developed Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy to serve the children of his hometown community in Alabama as well as underserved children in New York and New Jersey. Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy aspires to encourage children to READ, UNDERSTAND, SUCCEED, and HOPE as they continue to nurture literacy in their lives. This initiative is committed to raising funds to donate books and other reading materials to enrich youth in the communities the Tucks call home.

Tuck’s program has resulted in more than 45,000 books and $157,500 donated to students in need. In addition their 2012 Celebrity Billiards event raised $425,000 and helped the Tucks surpass the $1.5 million dollar mark for funds raised since the charity’s inception four years ago. This fundraiser, along with the charity’s Sack Challenge and various donations, help Justin and Lauran continue their mission to educate and empower underserved children by providing new books and other reading materials to Tri-State schools as well as school districts in Alabama where Tuck was raised. Tuck also authored his first children’s book Home-Field Advantage in September 2011. The book is based on his own childhood in Alabama, where he grew up with five older sisters who “bossed him around on occasion.” “Literacy is the foundation to success and I believe every child should have access to new, age-appropriate reading materials,” said Tuck. “This is such an important cause for my wife and me and we want kids to grow up loving books and reading as much as we did.”

Justin Tuck is a two-time NFL Pro Bowl and All-Pro defensive end who was drafted by the New York Giants in 2005. He recorded the best defensive performance during Super Bowl XLVI and his dominant play helped lead the Giants to victory against the New England Patriots for the second time in five years. For more information, please visit

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