Romeo’s Pizza, the award-winning franchise that offers pizza with a purpose is helping to tackle illiteracy by partnering with the 2nd & 7 Foundation. By working with the 2nd & 7 Foundation, Romeo’s Pizza is focused on living up to two of the company’s core values of positively impacting our communities and delivering sweet smiles one slice at a time.
Across the country, the 2nd & 7 Foundation has donated over half a million books to kids in need since it started in 1999. Their mission is to promote reading by providing free books and positive role models to kids in need, while encouraging young athletes of the community to pay it forward.
Through their partnership, Romeo’s Pizza will become a Reading Program Partner which helps 2nd & 7 write, illustrate, and publish over 90,000 books each year. In addition, they will become the presenting sponsor of the 22nd annual football camp and will provide pizza for all campers and coaches.
On June 21-23 2021, campers will learn football fundamentals from former Buckeyes and local high school football coaches. To ensure a safe and fun environment, the camp will be completely non-contact. Beyond football, coaches will work to instill key attributes such as teamwork, goal-setting, positive attitude and commitment.
“At Romeo’s Pizza our mission is to deliver purpose driven handcrafted excellence through our team of local pizza champions. By partnering with organizations who are making the world a better place like the 2nd & 7 Foundation, we hope to help tackle literacy by creating memorable experiences for kids through pizza and the joy of reading”, said Ryan Rose, CEO of Romeo’s Pizza.
“We have valued our relationship with Romeo’s Pizza for years, as they have supported 2nd & 7 for a very long time. The team at Romeo’s is passionate about our mission and we look forward to partnering in many creative ways to make a difference in communities here in Ohio and across the country,” said Amy Hoying – Executive Director of 2nd & 7.
About 2nd & 7
In 1999, Ohio State football players Luke Fickell, Ryan Miller and Mike Vrabel began 2nd & 7 using funds from their first-annual football camp. The trio, inspired by their involvement with community outreach, read to second-grade classes in seven Columbus-area schools and sent each second-grader home with a free book. This year’s camp marks 22 years of “tackling illiteracy” and will welcome approximately 350 kids. From three Ohio State football players in seven Columbus schools, 2nd & 7 has grown its reach and impact.
Since 1999, 2nd & 7 has distributed over 500,000 free books to second-graders in 180 communities across 26 states.
About Romeo’s Pizza
Founded in 2001 in Medina, Ohio, Romeo’s Pizza is an award-winning, food-first, pizza community. With 46 pizza locations and counting, the growing international franchise delivers handcrafted excellence through our team of local pizza champions.
Romeo’s Pizza delivers purpose-driven, handcrafted excellence through our team of local pizza champions. We believe pizza is always the answer. We deliver sweet smiles, one slice at a time. We will positively impact our communities and environment through our Pizza with a Purpose initiative. This initiative supports local, national and worldwide organizations that believe in making a positive impact on people and our planet.
Learn more about Romeo’s Pizza at https://www.romeospizza.com/.
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