Nestled along the New Jersey Parkway at Exit 82 is the quiet little town of Tom’s River a hop skip and a jump from Seaside Heights. Nearby in Howell lives a man by the name of Bob Salomon, who is making it his life’s calling to spread kindness among his community, concentrating on the kids. Salomon is a former corrections officer that has attracted a lot of pro athletes to his cause. He counts Don Mattingly, Tommy John, Mark Brunell, Doug Glanville and Bill Bates among those who are supporting Salomon’s cause. Salomon will be going into Philadelphia schools, where members of the Super Bowl champion Eagles will be reading Salomon’s book “Beyond the Laces” to the children.
One of Salomon’s most fruitful partnerships is with literacy specialist Kathryn Starke, whose Tackle Reading Across America Day launched last year and is coming back for 2018 on Friday, March 2. On that day, Starke and Salomon will be in the Philadelphia school district with players from the world champion Eagles, reading “Beyond the Laces” to kids.
March 2 is also Read Across America Day, which has been held nationwide on that date since the late 1990s to celebrate the birthday of Theodore Geisel, Dr. Seuss. Starke’s Tackle Reading program was created with the thought in mind of getting every NFL team involved in Read Across America Day, and so far more than two-thirds of the league has signed on — many of them reading “Beyond the Laces.”
Beyond the Laces is the story of a child who is seriously ill but gets inspiration from #87, a pro football player and in return he takes an interest in his biggest fan from whom he also gets inspiration. Salomon chose a sports theme for his book because he felt it would be the best way to reach the kids he was targeting for his program.
For more information about Bob Salomon and Beyond the Laces, visit www.beyondthelaces.com.