COLUMBUS, Ohio – Columbus Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash is the 2008 spokesperson for Time Warner Cable's month-long Adult Literacy Campaign that began this week.
During the month-long campaign, Time Warner Cable donates a portion of the installation fees from its cable television, Road Runner high speed Internet and Digital Phone services to adult literacy programs throughout its Mid-Ohio Division service area. The annual effort has raised more than $550,000 since 1990. The campaign runs August 4-31.
"More than 500,000 adults in Central Ohio don't have the necessary skills to read, write or function effectively in society," noted Rhonda Fraas, Time Warner Cable Mid-Ohio Division president. "Every penny donated to help someone learn to read is money well invested. Our Adult Literacy Campaign has been successful in raising critical funds with the help of prominent spokespersons like Rick Nash. We appreciate their support."
As spokesperson, Nash will be featured in print, radio and television promoting the importance of adult literacy. Past campaign spokespersons include ESPN commentator Kirk Herbstreit, Clark Kellogg of CBS Sports, the Columbus Crew's Brian McBride, John Harkes and Dante Washington, NFL football star and former Ohio State Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George, former Indianapolis 500 champion Bobby Rahal, former heavyweight champion boxer George Foreman and former Blue Jackets goaltender Marc Denis.
"I'm glad to be part of this effort to inform people about adult literacy. It's incredible that there are still so many adults who have trouble functioning in society because of low reading skills," said Nash. "Fortunately there are good organizations ready to help. So whether you want to improve your own reading skills or are ready to help someone else learn to read, I encourage you to get involved."
Time Warner Cable Mid-Ohio Division has been honored locally and nationally for its ongoing commitment to adult literacy efforts in central Ohio.
In 2001, the company received the "Corporate Caring Award" from Business First newspaper for its Adult Literacy Campaign and also received a Beacon Award and the ESPN Good Sports Award from the Cable Television Public Affairs Association recognizing the campaign's success. In 1995, Time Warner Cable received the Advancement of Literacy Award from the American Library Association.
Time Warner Cable is the second-largest cable operator in the U.S., with technologically advanced, well-clustered systems located mainly in five geographic areas — New York state (including New York City), the Carolinas, Ohio, southern California (including Los Angeles) and Texas.
As of December 31, 2007, Time Warner Cable served approximately 14.6 million customers who subscribed to one or more of its video, high-speed data and voice services.