By Josh Evans, OKC Barons on 04/03/2014

The Oklahoma City Barons are proud to announce that Taylor Fedun has been named the team’s winner of the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award for his outstanding contributions to the Oklahoma City community during the 2013-14 season.

Barons defenseman Taylor Fedun approached the team’s front office about instituting a program he was a part of at Princeton University. "Stick to Reading" is an incentive based program where Barons players team with an elementary school to promote the importance of reading to young kids.

The six-week program was instituted at Whiz Kids at Cherokee Hills Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. Whiz Kids is a faith-based after school program that benefits kids in “at risk” schools. The Whiz Kids program at Cherokee Hills benefits TuLakes Elementary. There are over 50 Whiz Kids programs in Oklahoma City.

Over the six weeks of the program, the students keep track of how many books/pages/time spent reading on some kind of a board in their class room. While gaining valuable experience reading, the students also use motivation in the form of Barons hat, lunch boxes and puzzles to continue their reading efforts. The Grand Prize winner attends a Barons game as a guest of Taylor, including a locker room tour and an autographed stick.

Fedun is now one of 30 finalists for the AHL’s 2013-14 Yanick Dupre Memorial Award, honoring the overall IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year. The league award is named after the former Hershey Bears forward and AHL All-Star who died in 1997 following a 16-month battle with leukemia. The winner of the Yanick Dupre Memorial Award will be announced by the American Hockey League later this month.

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