Malcolm Mitchell. For those who know anything about college football, they know who he is. He is a wide receiver — number 26 for the University of Georgia Bulldogs. Just a couple of years ago, he was one of the top recruits in the country. In short, he is Georgia Royalty, especially when it comes to the sport. However, when he met Kathy Rackley, he started doing something that became a monthly ritual with a group of 50-year-old women (okay some of them are in the 40s and 60s), and it is quite novel.
So what is it that Malcolm Mitchell, one of the top wide receivers in the country, does with this group of older women? You’d be surprise to find out he participates in a book reading club. Thought it was something else, didn’t you?
Anyway, Mad World News did a follow up on the original television special report by CBS News, which explained how Malcolm Mitchell first became a part of the book club. He met Kathy Rackley at a local Barnes & Noble one day, where she proceeded to tell him about a group of women in their 40s to 60s who discuss books they’ve agreed to read. Mitchell wanted to join the club despite the big age differences, and is now a regular face with them. He is the only guy in the group, not to mention the youngest by an average of 30 years.
You’re probably wondering why Malcolm Mitchell wanted to join the book club, and you’ll be surprised to learn that it is truly novel. In an interview with CBS News, Mitchell confided to Steven Hartman that when he started college, he only had a junior high reading level. He joined the group in order to improve his reading which, in his own words, he is more proud of than his football accomplishments.
That alone is probably the greatest part of Malcolm Mitchell’s story involving the book club. He was called a “nerd” by others, and he accepts it as a badge of honor because of where he was and where he came from. Mitchell said his great accomplishment is reading The Hunger Games trilogy in two days. Hartman was surprised this was Mitchell’s greatest accomplishment — until it was explained.
“That [football] came natural. That’s a gift. I had to work to read.”
If you want watch the almost 3-minute special report by CBS News, check out the video embedded below.
Now that you’ve read this inspiring story, what do you think? Do you feel Malcolm Mitchell is an inspiration for fighting to improve his reading in a time when books are considered “dead” to the majority of people? Besides the inspiration in improving his reading, is Mitchell’s story also an example that friends can be made between even the most unlikely of people? Share your thoughts in the comments.