WATCH: Oscar Pareja's fantastic reading of El Pájaro Gruñón for One Book 4 Colorado

Coach participated in state-wide program to promotes early literacy for 4-year-olds

Whether on the training field or off it, Oscar Pareja is a teacher. But somehow we don't think he teaches his players in the same way he reads to 4-year-olds.

On Wednesday One Book 4 Colorado (OB4CO) released the video above of Rapids' coach Pareja reading the kids book, El Pájaro Gruñón, as part of the statewide program that promotes the importance of reading and talking with young children every day.

The program is the result of collaboration between Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia’s office, Reach Out and Read Colorado, Colorado State Library, the Denver Preschool Program, public libraries, the private sector, and the nonprofit and foundation communities. OB4CO stems from the idea that providing young children with access to books promotes early literacy and helps families serve as their children’s first and most important teachers. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.

Pareja is one of six area community leaders to participate in the 2013 program, along with Colorado Governor John Hicklenlooper, Univision's Rodolfo Cardenas, Amanda Carroll of K LOVE, Raquel Lopez from the Denver Police Department, and Dr. Scott of the Denver Nature and Science Museum and Dinosaur Train. CHECK OUT THE OTHER VIDEOS HERE.

In its second year, OB4CO has brought thousands of children a free new book with the aim to get a book into the home of every four-year-old in Colorado and fostering a culture of reading.