Video: Couple writes book to boost ASU pride and children's literacy
Jason Ake and his wife Taylor wanted to instill love for Arizona State University and Sun Devil traditions in their young children, so they wrote a book for them, "Protectors of the A."
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Jason and Taylor are both alumni of ASU, where they originally met. They fell in the love with the university, particularly its rich history and traditions. A Mountain holds many fond memories for both of them: lighting the A during homecoming, whitewashing it freshman year, and watching fireworks go off above it after an ASU touchdown. Today, married with three children, they are giving back to the community through their book.
The colorful children's book is a lighthearted look at keeping the A on A Mountain beautifully gold and safe from opposing teams. The Ake family often does readings of the book at local schools and community events. The hope is that the book not only cheers on Sun Devil spirit but also encourages a love of reading and the pursuit of higher education.
Proceeds from book sales support Arizona State University scholarships and literacy efforts. This month's proceeds will support Friends of the Tempe Public Library. You can buy a copy at Cactus Sports on Mill Avenue before your next Sun Devil football game or on the Protectors of the A Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/iamaprotector.
The Akes will be honored for their community involvement at a November Tempe City Council meeting. This video and others about exceptional people in our community can be found at www.tempe.gov/wavemakers.