FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Barnes & Noble Announces Hometown Hero Storytime
Featuring Homestead Favorite, Charlie Batch
Homestead, PA - August 12, 2014 – Hometown Hero featuring Cars, Trucks and Things That Go
On Saturday, August 23, at 11 a.m., children will enjoy Richard Scarry’s terrific tale about things that move. As the pig family heads to the beach for a picnic, they encounter almost every kind of transportation vehicle imaginable, from the forklift to the locomotive, and many vehicles that are not as common, from the pumpkin car to the broom-o-cycle. Will Officer Flossy catch Dingo? Will Rollo Rabbit catch his runaway steamroller? With hundreds of things to look at, youngsters will enjoy trying to find Goldbug on every page.
We are honored to have former Steelers’ quarterback and Homestead favorite, Charlie Batch joining us to read this delightful story.
Charlie Batch was born in Homestead and started football with the Steel Valley Midget Association when he was seven. He continued playing at Steel Valley High School, where he lettered in both football and basketball, all the while maintaining the required grades to be eligible to play.
Charlie played college football at Eastern Michigan University, setting numerous school and MAC conference records. In 1998, Charlie was drafted in the second round of the NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. In 2002, Charlie returned to his hometown as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, spending eleven seasons with the team, including Super Bowl XL and XLIII championships.
Charlie knows what it takes to perform at the highest level and has transformed his lessons in football into lessons in business and life. His leadership goes beyond the field as he currently serves as Vice President of the Nation Football League Players Association Executive Committee.
It was, however, during his junior year at Eastern Michigan that the event occurred that would define Charlie’s life work. He received the devastating news that his sister, Danyl, had been killed, an innocent victim of gunfire between rival gangs.
Charlie channeled his pain from this senseless death into his commitment to keep other families from experiencing that kind of hurt and anguish. The memory of Charlie’s sister lives through Best of the Batch Foundation, established in 1999 to serve underprivileged youth. Charlie takes a very active role in the foundation, visiting schools throughout the Pittsburgh area to speak with students of all grades to show them he walks the walk.
Charlie graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1997 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, and his commitment to education continues. Through the NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program, Charlie has completed programs at the Wharton Business School in 2009, Harvard Business School in 2010, and Kellogg School of Management in 2012.
From humble beginnings in Homestead, PA to winning two Super Bowls to becoming a philanthropist and businessman, Charlie’s own brand of leadership is the foundation for winning in life. Beyond his many accomplishments, Charlie’s true passion is elevating the next generation of leaders by helping everyone to discover the best in themselves.
Barnes & Noble Storytimes are free and open to the public. Barnes & Noble at the Waterfront is located at 100 West Bridge Street, Homestead, PA. To discover more, including dates and times of all Storytimes, visit the Barnes & Noble Store Locator.
About Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is a Fortune 500 company and the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products. The Company operates 661 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s largest e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com). Its NOOK Media LLC subsidiary is a leader in the emerging digital reading and digital education markets. The NOOK digital business offers award-winning NOOK® products and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store® (www.nook.com), while Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC operates 700 bookstores serving over five million students and faculty members at colleges and universities across the United States.
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About The Best of the Batch Foundation:
The Best of the Batch Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization devoted to improving the lives of children and families in distressed and financially-challenged communities by providing resources and empowering them by building character, self-esteem, and an appreciation for education so they can achieve the “Best of the Batch” in life. Founded by NFL quarterback Charlie Batch in 1999, the Best of the Batch Foundation embodies Charlie's values of dedication, leadership, and trust. Each program affirms the value of his personal motto of the Five P's: Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance. www.batchfoundation.org
Barnes & Noble, Community Business Development Manager
Best of the Batch Foundation, Executive Director