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BOWL FOR KIDS’ SAKE 2018 SURPASSES FUNDRAISING GOALS

Nearly 1,000 East Tennesseans come together to raise more than $125,000 in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Knoxville, Tenn. (May 22, 2018) – The 36th annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake, benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee, raised more than $125,000 to support one-to-one mentorship in the Knoxville area.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake, BBBS-ETN’s signature fundraising event, took place in Knoxville, Sevierville, Maryville and the Tri-Cities—nearly 1,000 bowlers, volunteers and community supporters raised money to provide mentors to marginalized children.

The funds raised through the event will allow BBBS-ETN to match more than 125 children with a Big Brother or a Big Sister in the next year.

“Bowl for Kids’ Sake is more than a fundraising event—it’s a celebration of the phenomenal support our community provides to Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee,” said BBBS-ETN CEO Brent Waugh. “Participants not only bowl, they learn about our mission and celebrate the friendships that their fundraising makes possible.”

Big Brother Peter and Little Brother Amari were matched during Bowl for Kids’ Sake and attended the event as their first activity. Peter became a Big Brother because he wanted to give back to his community and help children in need. Amari, who is being raised by his mother, wanted a mentor so he could have another male to talk to and hang out with. The two were matched because both Peter and Amari enjoy being active and spending time outdoors.

Peter and Amari are just one of the many matches that will be made this year through funds raised at Bowl For Kids’ Sake.

Special thanks to the Bowl for Kids’ Sake platinum-level sponsors: Pilot Flying J, First Bank and Clayton Homes. For a full list of sponsors, visit BowlForKidsToday.org.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee (BBBS-ETN)
Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee has been named a Pinnacle Agency by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, placing it in the top 10 out of 300 BBBS affiliates nationwide. The agency provides marginalized children with strong and enduring, professionally supported one‐to‐one relationships that change lives for the better, forever. BBBS-ETN ensures that the children in its program achieve measurable outcomes, including educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships. BBBS-ETN is in its 47th year of serving area youth through mentorship matches. Learn more at tennesseebig.org.
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Contact:
Alli Damas
Marketing Coordinator
Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee
development@tennesseebig.org

 

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MENTOR 2.0 MATCH, BIG SISTER LAURA AND LITTLE SISTER KATIE

Meet Little Sister Katie and Big Sister Laura. They have been matched since October of 2017. Katie is a freshman in High School. Katie is a straight A student and hopes Laura, an accountant, can help her keep her 4.0 and work towards her goal of being a large animal vet! Katie and Laura share a love of sports, family and animals and bonded over their love of puppies. Katie loves that Laura is like an older version of herself and is excited for a lifelong friendship with Laura.

On a recent assignment, Katie shared that Laura is one of the best things in her life right now and stated, “I know my mentor will always be there for me when I need someone other than family and friends because sometimes you just need someone different to talk to.”

Find out more about becoming a Mentor 2.0 volunteer this fall at TennesseeBig.org. #TennesseeBig #BeABig

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Mentor 2.0 Match, Big Brother Brandon and Little Brother Dakota

Big Brother Brandon and Little Brother Dakota have been matched since the fall of 2016 in the Mentor 2.0 program. Brandon and Dakota spent their first year getting to know one another and talked mostly about football. Brandon works for IMG Vol Network and promotes the Volunteers through sales and advertising. Since the Volunteers are Dakotas favorite sports team, he and Brandon hit it off immediately.

Brandon joined the program because he recognized how challenging high school can be and he wanted to help guide a student in the right direction. Dakota joined the program because he wanted someone to help him stay out of trouble and to improve his grades.

At the beginning of Dakota’s freshman year, he had more disciplinary referrals than any other freshman. He lacked motivation and focus, but Brandon provided him constant encouragement and support. At one point in the school year, Dakota’s family moved to a different area and he was no longer zoned to attend his school. When Dakota learned that he was moving and would no longer be involved in the Mentor 2.0 program, he called his mom to tell her that he couldn’t leave his school. As a result, Dakota’s mom set goals for him to achieve and agreed that as long as he kept his grades up she would make the effort to drive him to and from school so he could stay in the Mentor 2.0 program. Dakota has kept up his end of the deal and has not only kept his grades up but he has also avoided ISS and OSS entirely this year. He is currently the most improved student in the Mentor 2.0 program. We are proud of the strides that Dakota has made in school and with his mentor Brandon!

Find out more about becoming a Mentor 2.0 volunteer this fall at TennesseeBig.org. #TennesseeBig #BeABig

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Mentor 2.0 Match, Big Sister Meghan and Little Sister Monica

Big Sister Meghan and Little Sister Monica have been matched in the Mentor 2.0 program since September 2017. Meghan and Monica had an instant connection and have been good friends from the beginning. Meghan is helping Monica develop her ideas for her future. Monica would like to open her own salon one day and is interested in going to college for business. Meghan has a background in business and is able to give Monica encouragement and a realistic picture of what to expect. Monica wrote to Meghan last week in her “In 10 years…” poem that she hopes in 10 years from now she will be able to be a mentor at BBBS-ETN like Meghan. This is how Meghan responded to Monica:

“I also am so thrilled to see that you would like to be a BBBS-ETN mentor in the next 10 years. You would make a wonderful Big since you are encouraging to others and very empathetic. I hope that our experience together continues to reinforce your desire to be a mentor yourself! It has been an extremely rewarding and beneficial experience for me personally to have you in my life! Additionally, I think spending time volunteering in 10 years or less is a wonderful goal. Always make time to lend a hand to others. I encourage you to definitely volunteer at a shelter like you mentioned and maybe even bring some of your new friends that you make by then with you!”

These two have a special relationship and we can’t wait to watch it grow over the next couple of years!

Find out more about becoming a Mentor 2.0 volunteer this fall at TennesseeBig.org. #TennesseeBig #BeABig

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Out-of-this-world match: Big Brother Gene and Little Brother Brennon

Big Brother Gene and Little Brother Brennon have been matched in BBBS-ETN’s community-based program for one year. Even though Gene roots for the Georgia Bulldogs and Brennon supports the Tennessee Vols, they enjoy going to sporting events together. In fact, if they had a chance to go to outer space, they would name their rocket the “The Georgia Volunteer”.

When they aren’t at a sporting event or doing church activities, they may be at the WJBE radio station. Gene, the station’s Program Director, enjoys bringing Brennon with him to show him what happens being the scenes. Brennon enjoys playing video games and is creative, so he enjoys learning about technology and media!

Since these two are so out-of-this-world, we decided to ask them a few questions about their match (and outer space).

Can you name one thing on your bucket list? We want to go to the Aquarium!
Which planet is your favorite? Saturn, because it is colorful and has rings.
What is your proudest moment as a match? Gene: I am the most proud of Brennon when he passes his tests and makes good grades. He works hard to be a good student.”

Trivia Question: What percent of the Earth equals the size of the moon? Gene and Brennon: “40 percent!”  |  Answer: 27 percent  (Almost! Great guess you two!)

When you Bowl For Kids’ Sake, you help BBBS-ETN make more life-changing matches like Gene and Brennon. This year, BBBS-ETN hopes to match 125 children with a mentor through the funds raised at Bowl For Kids’ Sake.

#BeStellarETN and #Bowl4KidsETN at BowlForKidsToday.org!

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Mentor 2.0 Match, Little Brother Zach and Big Brother Chad

Little Brother Zach and Big Brother Chad were matched in the Mentor 2.0 program during Zach’s freshman year. Chad and Zach quickly bonded over their love of the outdoors, animals, and recreational activities, such as mountain biking. Their bond deepened when Zach realized Chad bore a striking resemblance to his childhood idol, Chuck Norris.

Chad was a Little Brother himself and has been so impressed by Zach’s growth from a shy, homeschool transfer to the young man he is today. Chad says, “I’m continually impressed by Zach’s maturity. He is reflective and observant, similar to my own personality. I’m so lucky to have Zach, someone that is willing to do his work, connect, and have conversations.” Chad says he looks forward to helping Zach achieve his goals of becoming a police officer and to seeing their relationship grow over the next three years.

Find out more about becoming a Mentor 2.0 volunteer this fall at TennesseeBig.org. #TennesseeBig #BeABig

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