"The Greatest Game Ever" Kicks Out Summer Reading Skills

By John W. Davis

August 6, 2010 Updated Aug 6, 2010 at 11:09 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - It was "The Greatest Game Ever", where the lessons learned were much more than kickball skills.

"We thought you know what a great idea to make a game that's a little bit bigger than life for most kids in the area," said The Chapel's Children's Ministries Weekend Services & Special Events Coordinator Becca Graf.

That is exactly how it was billed, as "The Greatest Game Ever".

To watch experience the event was pure fun, as 66 students split up and squared off for an epic kick ball game.

However, the event at The Chapel on West Hamilton Road was more than a game, it was the send off for the annual Covington Clubhouse reading program.

The goal of the program is to keep Covington Elementary School students from falling behind during the summer.

"I used to feel like I'm left out because I didn't know how to read but know I do so I feel like into the game," said Covington Elementary School Student Gracie Simms.

Indiana's NewsCenter Sports Anchors Tommy Schoegler and Kent Hormann participated in the event and took the crowd back to their childhood, conjuring up 20th century kick ball images, while delivering expert analysis and play-by-play coverage.

But back to the kids... you're probably wondering what was number one on the reading list this summer. It was the Junie B. Jones Book Series by Barbara Park.

"This little girl named Junie B. Jones and she goes to school and sometimes have problem with this little boy, his name is Jim," Covington Elementary School Student said De'Asia Dance.

"This one book is when she dresses up as a bunny and they went to a Easter Hunt and she found a lot of eggs," Covington Elementary School Student said Nautica Rogers.

Parents say the program is perfect because Covington Elementary School teachers volunteer their time to make the program a success.

Chapel workers say it's all about community support.

"With the program being so close to home, with it being right across the street, we want to do everything we can to encourage students and children no matter what age they are, and whether they attend The Chapel or not, to do well in school and let them know that The Chapel is there to support them," said Graf.

This year's second annual Kickball Match ended in a tie, 13 all.

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