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Badgers' Spring Football Game to benefit student literacy programs

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MADISON (WKOW) -- This Saturday you can cheer on the Badger football team at its spring game, and this year the proceeds will go to improving student literacy.

The annual Spring Football Game is at Camp Randall on Saturday. Tickets are $5.

The money raised through ticket sales will help fund efforts across UW-Madison's School of Education for student literacy programs.

Former Badger and Green Bay Packer Mark Tauscher and former Wisconsin first lady Jessica Doyle are the honorary co-chairs for the spring game.

Tauscher said his passion for reading began back in elementary school.

"In kindergarten, first grade, I was in the slow reading group, I was in the lowest group," Tauscher said. "And thinking back to where I was able to come from that point on, getting into the second group when I was in second grade. And then the third grade when I moved up to the first level... That was a really important time in my life, and I've been trying to get that out to kids out in the state of Wisconsin."

Tauscher earned a master’s degree in educational administration from the UW School of Education. In 2005, he launched the nonprofit TRIFECTA Foundation, which stands for Tauscher's Reading Initiative For Every Child To Achieve.

Kickoff for the spring game is at 3 p.m. The Badgers Sports Kids' Fair, which is a free event, starts at 1 p.m. in the McClain Center.

If you would like to purchase tickets to the game, click here.

Tauscher joined us on 27 News at 5 on Tuesday.

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