On Friday March 2, Dr. Seuss’s Birthday, Ring of Honor stars Caprice Coleman, “Almighty” Christopher Daniels, Adam Page, Ian Riccaboni, Shane Taylor, and Silas Young took part in Read Across America Week! Each read books in their hometowns, with most opting to read Dr. Seuss in honor of the great author’s birthday, while Riccaboni read his commentary partner Colt Cabana’s “Wrestling Dreams” book.
With Coleman in Charlotte, NC, Daniels in Palmdale, CA, Page in Greensboro, NC, Taylor in Katy, TX, Young in Greenfield, WI, and Riccaboni in Allentown, PA, ROH stars, who often visit schools and children’s hospitals while on the road, were able to give back to their hometowns.
“As a child, I remember special guests would come read to us at school,” Coleman told ROHWrestling.com. “I could tell they always wanted to be there. To be on the other side of this is surreal,” Coleman continued, “It is truly an honor to be able to give back in ways like this.”
For Riccaboni, the fact that he was able to read to students in his hometown was extra special. “I grew up in Allentown and moved back with my family in November. Allentown means the world to me,” Riccaboni told ROHWrestling.com. He continued, “I have had the fortune of speaking with kids in Atlanta, Concord, Las Vegas, and more representing ROH but this one was extra special. The kids, as expected, loved Colt’s book, and had awesome questions about following their dreams!”
ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champion Adam Page, who was a teacher before becoming a full-time wrestler, similarly loved the opportunity. “I’ve always enjoyed teaching,” Page stated. “Reading to and hanging out with those kids Friday morning was a blast. I know they loved it, but I might have loved it a little more.”
The six stars would have been seven hadn’t another teacher, Kelly Klein, had her school’s day canceled due to the storms that hit the Northeast but it will be rescheduled!
Ring of Honor’s participation in Read Across America is part of a growing effort by ROH stars to engage the communities that host Ring of Honor as well as the communities they live in. Read Across America Week is a national event coordinated by the National Education Association that celebrates the joy and importance of reading. Around the country, community members, community leaders, and celebrity guests join their local schools to promote reading, often reading their favorite Dr. Seuss books in celebration of his work and his birthday.
The stars of ROH’s passion inside the ring is equal to their efforts outside it as ROH stars look to engage and inspire those around them. Read Across America is part of the continued effort of ROH stars to make an impact within the communities they live in and are hosted by on the road, visiting schools and children’s hospitals, as well as conducting disaster relief fundraisers, and more.