Read South: Game Day in the South

With football season upon us, Football Freddie children’s series author Marnie Schneider has crafted the perfect way to get the whole family involved in the hallowed Southern tradition.

Marnie and Fumble the dog. Photos: Choice Photo Studios

With football season upon us, Football Freddie children’s series author Marnie Schneider has crafted the perfect way to get the whole family involved in the hallowed Southern tradition.

“I believe sports are the universal language,” said Marnie Schneider, mother and author of the “Football Freddie” series. Schneider is the granddaughter of former Philadelphia Eagles owner, Leonard Tose — so, she knows a thing or two about sports. Many people encouraged her to write a book about her experiences traveling to different cities and insider perspective of the world of pro football. “But, I always wanted to write a kids book from my perspective as a young girl — getting the chance to travel to these beautiful places and my love for history — and share that with people of all ages,” said Schneider.

Schneider’s “Gameday in the USA” series follows young Freddie and her canine companion, Fumble, on their adventures to NFL host cities, exploring each place’s culture, history, and football pride. In “Gameday in Atlanta,” Freddie and Fumble take readers to Augusta for the Masters, Fox Theater, the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Park, and even the Talmadge Bridge in Savannah.

Football, like other sports, brings people of different backgrounds together for a common objective. As much fun as it is learning about new places, readers also learn important lessons about sportsmanship, friendship, teamwork and competition, respect for other people, and healthy lifestyle choices.

Philanthropy runs deep in Schneider’s family (Tose founded the original Ronald McDonald House), and she takes care to teach about the importance of giving. A portion of the proceeds of books purchased through Mascot Books goes to a local charity of your choosing at footballfreddie.com/partners. Football Freddie is also available on Amazon or at footballfreddie.com.

Getting families to read is a passion of mine in addition to speaking sports which I believe is the universal language! Reading is a wonderful coping skill, and that’s why I love working with Ronald McDonald Houses as their motto is ‘keeping families close’ which reading does! – Author Marnie Schneider


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