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Lardarius Webb reads to Baltimore City students in United Way program

Ravens starting cornerback Lardarius Webb read to Baltimore City elementary school students at Callaway Elementary on Friday as part of a United Way of Central Maryland reading program.

Webb read from Dr. Suess' The Cat in the Hat.

"It was tight, man," Webb said Saturday during Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith's charity basketball game at Comcast Center. "I felt honored to be there and read to the kids and give them something to look up to. It was nice."

According to a press release, 57 percent of Maryland third-graders aren't reading at their grade level.

Webb was appointed earlier this year as the Ravens' team representative on "Team NFL," a national collaboration between United Way and the NFL to decrease the high school dropout rate. Webb is recruiting volunteer readers and mentors for "Team Webb," with volunteers able to sign up at www.unitedway.org/teamwebb.

"It's very important for them," Webb said. "Reading is the No. 1 thing. I'm just trying to get them right and make reading a point of emphasis."

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