BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF EAST TENNESSEE AND
THE VOL NETWORK CONTINUE PARTNERSHIP
Mentors and mentees to once again sell souvenir programs at University of Tennessee home football games
KNOXVILLE, TN (August 20, 2019) – Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee and the Vol Network today announced that mentors (Bigs) and mentees (Littles) will once again sell souvenir programs at all University of Tennessee home football games. A portion of the proceeds will benefit BBBS-ETN.
Program sales begin Saturday, Aug. 31, before the University of Tennessee’s game vs. Georgia State University. The partnership will continue at all home games, including: Sept. 7 (UT vs. BYU), Sept. 14 (vs. Chattanooga), Oct. 5 (vs. Georgia), Oct. 12 (vs. Mississippi State), Oct 26 (vs. South Carolina), Nov. 2 (vs. UAB) and Nov. 30 (vs. Vanderbilt).
All participating Bigs and Littles (matches) will have the opportunity to attend the game, and the top-selling Big and Little pairs at the end of the season will receive prizes from the Vol Network.
“We are thrilled to once again collaborate with the exclusive producer and marketer of University of Tennessee sports programming,” said BBBS-ETN CEO Brent Waugh. “Not only will this partnership with the Vol Network be an opportunity for our mentors and mentees to volunteer and give back to the community—it’s the perfect chance to tell Volunteers fans across the state about the urgent need for mentors.”
“The Vol Network is proud to partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee on this exciting venture,” said Vol Network General Manager Steve Early. “We look forward to working with mentors and mentees to further increase the visibility of our souvenir program on game days, while also highlighting the outstanding service that BBBS-ETN provides in defending potential in our youth.”
What: Bigs and Littles selling programs, pre-game
When: Saturday, Aug. 31—three hours prior to kickoff; continuing before all remaining home games
Where: Gate 10 at Neyland Stadium, and around Neyland ***Note that parking might be available for
members of the media.***
Visuals: Mentors and mentees selling programs together;
Matches enjoying Vol Village and attending the football game—the first game for many of the
On-site contact will be Marisa Thomassie, BBBS-ETN Americorps VISTA Outreach Coordinator.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee
Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee ignites potential in children through strong and enduring, professionally supported one‐to‐one relationships that change lives for the better, forever. Children enrolled in the program achieve measurable outcomes, including educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships. This mission has been the cornerstone of the organization’s 47-year history in the Knoxville area. Learn more at tennesseebig.org.
About the Vol Network
For more than 60 years, the Vol Network has served as the main communications link between the University of Tennessee and its fans. As the broadcast rights holder to University of Tennessee athletics, IMG College/Vol Network manages UT radio and television programming, game day publications, on-line services, venue signage and various other marketing and promotional activities related to Big Orange athletics.
For more information about the partnership and how to get involved, click here.