COLUMBIA (AP) — The University of South Carolina men’s basketball team wants kids to take an interest in reading. Spokesman Jeff Stensland says USC students participated in “Cocky’s Reading Express” literacy initiative joined the team and Cocky – the school mascot – at the Richland County Library on Assembly Street Thursday.

Cocky’s Reading Express is a collaboration of the university’s student government and the USC School of Library and Information Science. Students travel the state with Cocky visiting elementary schools. While the students read to the children, Cocky helps them understand the importance of life-long reading.