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Jack Kemp shows off Rider reading pride

Grade two kids and others at Jack Kemp were dressed in Saskatchewan Roughrider green on Friday as Number 64 on the offensive line Evan Johnson came to take up reading duties at the school.

The right guard is in his third season with the Roughriders and the football excitement was not over the top for the grade 2s as they were ready to get autographs and listen to readings about fair play and teamwork.

Eight-year old Brooke says she enjoyed hearing the reading from Johnson.

“It was about Pig – he’s a dog; a pug. And he cheated on every game, like a race and he just wanted to cheat all day. (Interviewer: So, what did you learn?) We learned not to cheat.”

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Johnson who is in his sixth season in the CFL says the Riders reading endeavour is taking place in 24 schools across Saskatchewan.

“It’s a really good initiative by the Saskatchewan Roughrider Foundation. They partnered with A&W. We are here just reading to the kids, answering questions and just interacting and having a good time,” says Jonson.

One of the questions was,”What is a football made out of and another was why are you (Johnson) so tall?”

Johnson adds last year they did it as the Rider Reading month and this year its morphed into the Rider Winter Reading Off-season.

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