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Chicago Wolves brings its Read to Succeed program to Antioch

Chicago Wolves hockey player Brad Hunt (left) smiles for cameras Natalie Vaughn 10 Antioch (right) admires autograph she just got

Chicago Wolves hockey player Brad Hunt (left) smiles for the camera as Natalie Vaughn, 10, of Antioch (right) admires the autograph she just got from him as her sister Sharon McAllister, 9, of Antioch looks on after a presentation Hunt gave at the Antioch Public Library about how important it is to do your best in school and about his hockey career. | Michael Schmidt~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 19, 2013 2:08AM

There are more youth hockey players and more professional hockey fans in this area than you might think.

Thus, it wasn’t a big surprise that an appearance by a member of the Chicago Wolves minor league hockey team at the public library in Antioch drew a large and age-diverse audience.

The Wolves player on hand was Brad Hunt and he was in Antioch in support of the Wolves’ “Read to Succeed” community program.

The goal of this program is for kids to spend more time in libraries so they see the valuable resources they have to offer, and understand the benefits of reading as a recreational tool.

Through this program, the Wolves provide incentives for kids who reach their reading goals.

In addition, Wolves players visit the libraries throughout the season. The players speak about the important role that education plays in their lives as professional athletes.

In addition to answering questions, Hunt suited up one youngster in his Wolves hockey gear.

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