Respect 90 to Launch Read 15, a Reading Program for All Ages

December 8, 2019

By Respect 90 Foundation | Read 15

Read 15, a Reading Program for All Ages, to Launch in 2020. Respect 90 Partners with Rawlings to Create a Unique Incentive


TAMPA, FL—Respect 90, the charitable foundation of new Los Angeles Manager Joe Maddon and his wife, Jaye, is preparing to launch Read 15, a reading program designed to encourage all participants to read at least 15 minutes a day.


“I am all for doing whatever we can to encourage reading for young and old, even if it is just 15 minutes a day, said Maddon. “Reading has always put my mind in a better place. It leads to a clearer, more creative vision. Reading impacts the mind the same way weights improve your body. It permits you to escape within your own thoughts and imagination, to visit places you’ve never been.”


Those readers who register at and complete five books through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, will receive a unique prize courtesy of Rawlings, the official supplier of baseballs to the Major Leagues. Made specifically for Respect 90, Rawlings has produced bookmarks made from the same leather as its official baseballs.  Those bookmarks will be mailed free of charge to those qualifying readers.

In addition, anyone making a $50 donation to the foundation can receive a bookmark signed by Joe Maddon.


“For me, it really started with my Uncle Chuck, continued Maddon. “He encouraged me to read when I was a minor league player and spending a lot of time on long bus rides. His direction led me to read James Michener’s Centennial which offers a great interaction of fact and fiction.  That book opened doors for me within my mind to the point where certain principles from that book are a part of my method today.”


The Respect 90 Foundation seeks to provide children and families opportunities to develop championship attitudes through sports, academics, and community involvement in all the places the couple calls home: Chicago, IL, Tampa, FL, Mesa, AZ, Southern California and Joe’s hometown of Hazleton, PA. The Respect 90 Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization as registered with the Internal Revenue Service and gifts are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.



For more information, contact Rick Vaughn at (727) 741-7300,