Rob Murphy Foundation Announces Reading Challenge for Detroit Youth

Rob Murphy has always known that regardless of where life would take him, he would find a way to give back to his community in Detroit.  A product of Detroit Public Schools, Murphy takes pride in being from Detroit but also understands the challenges that the students within the school district face. 

In 2014, Murphy created the Rob Murphy Foundation, a platform which would allow him to spend time with and invest in the youth in Detroit and Ypsilanti, where he know leads the Eastern Michigan University men’s basketball program.  In the short period, Murphy and the foundation have donated iPads, books, classroom supplies, Christmas gifts, food and more to help the students and families of these communities. 

As Murphy continues to spread the message of “Every Child Needs Opportunity,” a mantra that has guided the foundation in the first two years, the organization will be launching the “Rob Murphy Reading Challenge” this fall, which will include providing a book to each and every student at Bagley Elementary. 

With over 450 students at Murphy’s former elementary (where he attended school and later taught), the foundation is looking for help from community members to help sponsor kids to receive books for the reading challenge. The campaign will launch on Generosity (sister site of Indie GoGo) with a goal of raising $5,000 for the reading challenge. 100% of the funds raised through the campaign will directly benefit the purchase of books for the reading challenge.

“It’s imperative that we as educators help students across the country understand why learning to read at the earliest age is very important," said Murphy. 

He added, "When children learn to read they attain greater general knowledge, expanded vocabulary and better overall concentration while developing self confidence. Becoming effective readers will help our students communicate more effectively orally as well as in writing which will help their overall future success. I’m very excited about our reading challenge were hosting." 


An April 2015 article in the Detroit Free Press stated, “There are still many in the city and the region who lack the qualifications for a decent job and the reading skills to even get into a job-training program — a sobering fact that will hold back our city and region's economic renaissance.”

No matter what path Murphy has taken in his career, Detroit has always remained close to Coach’s heart. This initiative is a testament to his continued promise to improve the region and to ensure every child gets the opportunities they deserve.

Click here to support the Rob Murphy Foundation Reading Challenge and make your donation today.  For more information, on the foundation visit