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TN Tennis To Partner With BBBS For Golf Classic

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee announced that the Big Brothers Big Sisters Golf Classic with Tennessee Tennis, presented by Regal Entertainment Group and EdFinancial, will be held on Friday, October 27, 2017 at Avalon Golf Course in Lenoir City, Tenn.

This year’s tournament will tee off in an 8:30 a.m. ET shotgun start. A program and luncheon will be held at 1:30 p.m. Teams for the tournament will be comprised of a four-person group with the team prizes awarded to the top finishers.

All participants will receive a Babolat junior tennis racquet and have an opportunity to win $50,000.

“Chris Woodruff and I were both fortunate to have been guided by parents who gave us every opportunity to be successful in our lives,” women’s tennis head coach Alison Ojeda said. “It was their leadership and positive encouragement that gave us the ability to pursue excellence. Whether it is on the tennis court, in the classroom or in the community, we both believe that we win with people.

“Big Brothers Big Sisters is an organization who believes that every child has the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Through positive relationships, they change children’s lives for the better. Chris and I are honored to be a part of their mission.”

Proceeds will support one-on-one mentoring for children served through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring model is an evidence-based prevention and intervention strategy that is helping to improve the odds for children who face adversity. Through the high-quality one-to-one mentoring program, children are achieving educational success, reaching for higher aspirations, and avoiding risky behaviors.

“Big Brothers Big Sisters is honored to partner with the Tennessee Tennis program for this year’s Golf Classic,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee Chief Executive Officer Doug Kose. “The outing will be a chance to interact with the tennis coaches and student-athletes to have a fun day while raising funds for a great organization. We are also very appreciative of Regal Entertainment Group and EdFinancial, both serving as title sponsors for this year’s event. All of the funds raised will be used to support mentoring programs for the at-risk youth we serve in the community.”

For more information on the Big Brothers Big Sisters Golf Classic with Tennessee Tennis, contact Alli Damas at adamas@tennesseebig.org or call 865-523-9455. To register, visit BBBSGolfClassic.com.

About Tennessee Women’s Tennis Head Coach Alison Ojeda
Coming off her first year at the helm on Rocky Top, Tennessee Head Coach Alison Ojeda led the Volunteers to one of their most productive seasons in recent years. Tennessee had its most wins (19) and highest ITA ranking (12th) since 2011. The Big Orange also earned their first berth in the NCAA Championships since 2014, advancing to the second round.

Ojeda played a major role in helping senior Brittany Lindl take her game to the next level and become the top player in the singles lineup, where she had seven ranked wins on the season. Lindl garnered second-team All-SEC honors, the ITA Ohio Valley Region’s Most Improved Senior Award and a bid to the NCAA Singles Championships.

Improved on-court performance wasn’t the only bright spot for Tennessee women’s tennis this season, as Ojeda also emphasized community outreach in the Knoxville area, which earned Tennessee a share of its first-ever national ITA Community Service Award.

About Tennessee Men’s Tennis Head Coach Chris Woodruff
Chris Woodruff was named the head coach of the Tennessee men’s program in May 2017 after a lifetime of representing Knoxville and the University of Tennessee at the highest levels of tennis. He won the Vols’ first NCAA singles title and has been on staff since ending his professional tennis career in 2002.

Growing up in Knoxville, he played for the Vols for two seasons and began his professional career in 1993 after ending the year No. 1 in college. On tour, he reached as high as No. 29 in the ATP World Tour Rankings and won a pair of titles, including the 1997 Canada Masters. He defeated seven players who had held the No. 1 world ranking.

As a coach for the Vols, Woodruff has mentored three No. 1-ranked singles players and three top-ranked doubles teams, including 2014 NCAA doubles champions Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese. Tennessee won back-to-back SEC titles in 2010 and 2011 and reached the 2010 NCAA final.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring organization, holds itself accountable for children in its program to achieve measurable outcomes, such as educational success; avoidance of risky behaviors; and higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships. Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring model is an evidence-based prevention and intervention strategy that is helping to improve the odds for children who face adversity.

Big Brothers Big Sisters cannot do it alone. With an investment of financial resources, Big Brothers Big Sisters can provide a key service to Tennesseans — changing children’s attitudes resulting in improved families and communities and leading to greater educational attainment for children served through Big Brothers Big Sisters.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Outcomes Summary, released in 2012, substantiates that its mentoring programs are evidence-based, proven, positive academic, socio-emotional and behavioral outcomes for youth in areas linked to high school graduation, avoidance of juvenile delinquency and college or job readiness. Top-quality evidence-based practices must be a part of any serious long-term strategy for moving our communities and our nation forward.

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity, often those of single or low-income households or families where a parent is incarcerated or serving in the military, with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. This mission has been the cornerstone of the East Tennessee organization’s 47-year history.

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Radio Systems Corporation Supports Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Mentoring Program

Knoxville, TN. (July 14th, 2017)  –Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee (BBBSETN) is pleased to announce it has received funding to support its efforts in providing children facing adversity with caring and safe mentors.

Radio Systems Corporation awarded $10,000 to BBBSETN to support its work in matching children on the waiting list with new mentors and to support existing mentoring relationships. “Big Brothers Big Sisters is very appreciative of the support of one-to-one mentoring for at risk youth from Radio Systems Corporation and their Philanthropy Committee. We are able to serve more children in our local communities due to great corporate partners like Radio Systems,” says Doug Kose, BBBSETN’s CEO.

Mentoring helps improve the likelihood that a child will perform better in school, complete high school and develop important social competencies. Children and young adults who perform well in school and stay out of trouble often report that they have positive adult role models in their lives and that these individuals have helped guide them to make good decisions.

The Radio System Corporation’s grant helps BBBSETN continue to support and sustain matches throughout their duration. Over the course of the match, staff provide ongoing support and supervision to the Big, the Little and the Little’s family. Training and advice is also offered to help ensure that the match is successful for everyone involved.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of East TN
Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee (Tennesseebig.org) provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one‐to‐one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Through these relationships, children achieve success throughout their lives. Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee served more than 800 children in 2016. Through one-to-one mentoring relationships, these children make better decisions about their lives, have a better attitude about school and choose to avoid risky behaviors.

Alli Damas
Marketing and Events Director
Big Brothers Big Sisters of East TN
865.523.9455
adamas@tennesseebig.org

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Inducts High Profile Individuals into Hall of Fame, Inaugural Scholarship Recipients Announced

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KNOXVILLE, TN (May 15, 2017) – Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee (BBBSETN) hosted an Inaugural Hall of Fame and Scholarship Award Dinner on May 4th. The event, emceed by Voice of the Vols, Bob Kesling, took place at Neyland Stadium in the Lauricella Center. Hall of Fame inductees included Bill Jolly, Al Williams and Bo Shafer. The BBBSETN Hall of Fame is a platform to recognize those individuals who have been instrumental in providing direction, energy and support to the shaping of BBBSETN since its inception in 1970.

Bo Shafer was one of the co-founders of the organization in 1970 and provided the framework for the agency to serve thousands of children over the past 47 years. Bo was also the first Big Brother, Board Member, Fundraiser and Donor to the agency. Bill Jolly has been a Board Member, Board President, Big Brother to two different Littles, Donor and the founder and champion of the Big Swim, Big Swim II and Big Swim III. Al Williams, the CFO at Bush Beans has been a Board Member on two separate six-year terms, Board President, Big Brother, Donor and author to the book ‘A Friend Indeed’, which all of the proceeds raised from the sale of the book went to BBBS.

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Hall of Fame Inductees:  (L to R) Al Williams, Bo Shafer, and Bill Jolly.

The agency also celebrated and recognized graduating Littles, who are continuing their post-secondary education and will receive a Scholarship from the agency for the next four years. The three scholarship recipients are Katonteoia ‘Kat’ Shields, Jakese Brown and Grayson McGinnis.

Kat Shields has been matched with her Big Sister, Mebbie Jackson, for 10 years! Kat will graduate from Paul Kelly Volunteer Academy in May and plans to attend Pellissippi State and eventually become a Veterinarian. Jakese Brown has been matched with his Big Brother, Evan Hawkins, for three years. Jakese will graduate from Austin East High School in May and attend TN College of Applied Technology to become an automotive technician. Grayson McGinnis has been matched with his Big Brother, Tyler Cornell, for four years and will graduate from L&N Stem Academy in May. He has been accepted at MTSU and plans to be an athletic trainer.

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Scholarship Recipients (L to R): Jakese Brown, Kat Shields, and Grayson McGinnis.

The agency serves over 850 youth annually and hopes to increase the number of youth being served in the following years. For information on the agency and how to volunteer, visit www.TennesseeBig.org or call (865) 523-2179.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of East TN
It is Big Brothers Big Sisters of East TN (BBBSETN)’s mission to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Most children served by BBBSETN are in single-parent and low-income families or households where a parent is incarcerated. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, BBBSETN makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”).

Contact: Doug Kose
(865) 243-3879
dkose@TennesseeBig.org

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee Recognized with National Gold Standard Award from Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Big Brothers Big Sisters of East TN (BBBSETN) has been named a 2016 Gold Standard Agency by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA). This honor was awarded to 16 out of over 300 Big Brother Big Sisters agencies nationwide. The Gold Standard Award is a way for BBBSA to recognize agencies that have demonstrated exemplarily high achievement and measured quality outcomes for the children and families they serve in their communities.

“I am extremely proud of our staff’s hard work in achieving this national honor”, said Doug Kose, CEO of BBBSETN. We are fortunate to live in a community that cares about children and supports our work to make a difference in the lives of children for the better, forever.”

BBBSETN was the only affiliate agency in Tennessee to receive this elite distinction.

The guidelines for being a Gold Standard Agency include; an increase in number of children served, high rates of Match Support, revenue growth of at least 5% and service to at least 150 children. BBBSETN currently served 801 of its community’s most at-risk children during the 2015-16 service year.

The agency increased its revenue by 16% due to a generous bequest gift, strong community support for its new 5-year individual giving campaign, “Creating Big Futures” and funding to launch a new scholarship fund for graduating Littles. Through successful volunteer recruitment and the launch of the Mentor 2.0 program at South Doyle High School, the agency also created more life-changing friendships between Bigs with Littles.

“I am so pleased with this truly remarkable achievement by our team.  Less than 5% of BBBS agencies get chosen for the Gold Standard out of over 300 nationwide. We have a remarkable team of staff and tremendous amount of board support that make all these things possible. Together, we are making this community better one child at a time”, remarked BBBSETN Board President, Al Williams.

BBBSETN will be recognized in front of its peers during the 2017 Big Brothers Big Sisters National Conference in San Diego, California this June. This award also places the organization in the running for Agency of the Year and Board of the Year, which will be announced at the conference.

BBBSETN thanks its board members, volunteers, donors, families, staff, Bigs and Littles for the dedication, commitment, hard work and support they provide to the organization year round.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of East TN
It is Big Brothers Big Sisters of East TN (BBBSETN)’s  mission to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Most children served by BBBSETN are in single-parent and low-income families or households where a parent is incarcerated. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, BBBSETN makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”). It is BBBSETN’s vision to facilitate the success of children living right here in our community.

To see how you can get involved with BBBSETN call 865.523.2179 or visit TennesseeBig.org.

Contact
Alli Damas
Marketing and Events Director
adamas@tennesseebig.org
865.523.9455

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CASH FOR KIDS’ SAKE 2016 RAISES FUNDS FOR BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS

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Knoxville, Tenn. –The fourth annual Cash for Kids’ Sake event, presented by The Graham Corporation and hosted by Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee (BBBS), was held last Thursday at The Standard. Emcees for the evening included: WATE Anchor and former Big Sister, Tearsa Smith, WVLT Sports Anchor and BBBS Advocate, Sara Mitchell and WBIR Reporter and current Big Sister, Becca Habegger.

The event was a Reverse Raffle with a grand prize of $15,000. This year the last ticket in the drum belonged to grand prize winner, Bo Shafer. After being awarded his winnings, Mr. Shafer decided to generously donate all $15,000 back to the BBBS agency. Additional cash prize giveaways and a silent and live auction were held throughout the evening. The program included testimonials from two BBBS agency parents; Afeni Henderson and Zenobia Dobson. Both parents spoke on the importance of mentoring and the impact their children’s Big Brothers made in their lives.

There were over 200 people in attendance to support raising funds to help children who face adversity by pairing them with positive role models through BBBS programs.

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About Big Brothers Big Sisters of East TN
Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee (Tennesseebig.org) provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one‐to‐one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Through these relationships, children achieve success throughout their lives. Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee served more than 925 children in 2016. Through one-to-one mentoring relationships, these children make better decisions about their lives, have a better attitude about school and choose to avoid risky behaviors.

 

Alli Damas
Marketing and Events Director
Big Brothers Big Sisters of East TN
865.523.9455, adamas@tennesseebig.org

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Women’s Group Provides $11,200 In Support Of Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring Program

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Knoxville, TN (August 16th, 2016) Big Brothers Big Sisters of East TN (BBBS) is pleased to announce it has received a current total of $11,200 in donations from 100 Women Who Care Knoxville. After all donations are turned in, the total could rise as high as $15,000.

The group’s donations will provide much needed funding for the agency’s new Mentor 2.0 Program, a professionally supported, technology-enriched one-to-one mentoring program that engages high school students in the classroom and online in an entirely new way. Mentors and mentees use an interactive secure portal to follow a curriculum-based program administered by the BBBS’ staff. Partnering with South Doyle High School, BBBS will launch the Mentor 2.0 program at the start of the 2016-2017 school year.

100 Women Who Care Knoxville’s mission is to use the power of collective giving to make a difference in the community it serves. It meets quarterly to pick a local charity to support, with members each contributing $100 to the cause.

The funds from 100 Women Who Care Knoxville will go a long way in supporting the Mentor 2.0 Program, especially to underwrite the cost associated with the program’s secure online platform and curriculum.

“We are so grateful and excited that the members of 100 Women Who Care Knoxville share our passion in making a difference and want to support us in helping our students achieve their educational goals”, said Whitney Baker, BBBS’ Mentor 2.0 Director. “This mentoring program is the first of its kind in the state of Tennessee and our agency is excited to see its impact.”

100 Women Who Care Knoxville presenting Check to BBBS
100 Women Who Care Knoxville presented BBBS with $11,200 to support the agency’s new Mentor 2.0 Program. The check was accepted by BBBS Mentor 2.0 Director, Whitney Baker, Mentor 2.0 Big Brother, Eric Swanson and South Doyle Freshman Principal, Bill Baldwin.

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About Big Brothers Big Sisters of East TN
Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee (Tennesseebig.org) provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one‐to‐one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Through these relationships, children achieve success throughout their lives. Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee served more than 925 children in 2016. Through one-to-one mentoring relationships, these children make better decisions about their lives, have a better attitude about school and choose to avoid risky behaviors.

 

Alli Damas
Marketing and Events Director
Big Brothers Big Sisters of East TN
865.523.9455, adamas@tennesseebig.org

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Dave Serrano Golf Classic 2016

Written by: Rachel Guina, UT Sports

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee has announced the Third Annual Dave Serrano Golf Classic presented by Regal Entertainment Group and EdFinancial will be held on Friday, October 14, 2016 at Avalon Golf Course in Lenoir City, Tenn.

Following a successful, sold-out event in 2015, this year’s tournament will tee off in an 8:30 a.m. ET shotgun start. A program and luncheon will be held at 1:30 p.m. ET. Teams for the tournament will be comprised of a four-person group with the team prizes awarded to the top finishers. Fees for the tournament are $1,000 per foursome or $275 per golfer.

Participants will also have an opportunity to win $50,000 as well as autographed memorabilia from UT Legends.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to again be hosting our golf tournament for Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee,” Serrano said. “The funds that this generates for so many children of this area is what makes it so worthwhile. My hope is that this community, our fans and alumni come out to play some golf, have fun and support this great cause.”

Proceeds will support one-on-one mentoring for children served through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring model is an evidence-based prevention and intervention strategy that is helping to improve the odds for children who face adversity. Through the high-quality one-to-one mentoring program, children are achieving educational success, reaching for higher aspirations, and avoiding risky behaviors.

“Big Brothers Big Sisters is honored to partner with Coach Serrano again on the Dave Serrano Golf Classic,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee Chief Executive Officer Doug Kose. “After listening to golfer feedback from last year’s sold out event, we’ve made a few exciting changes for our 2016 Classic and look forward to even greater participation this year. We are also very appreciative of Regal Entertainment Group and EdFinancial, both serving as title sponsors for this year’s event. All of the funds raised will be used to support mentoring programs for the at-risk youth we serve in the community.”

For more information, sponsorship opportunities or to register for the Dave Serrano Golf Classic, visit DaveSerranoGolfClassic.com or contact Alli Damas at adamas@tennesseebig.org or call 865-523-9455.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee (Tennesseebig.org) provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Through these relationships, children achieve success throughout their lives. Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee served more than 900 children in 2015. Through one-to-one mentoring relationships, these children make better decisions about their lives, have a better attitude about school and choose to avoid risky behaviors.

About Tennessee Baseball Head Coach Dave Serrano

One of just 12 coaches in NCAA history to take two different programs to the College World Series, Tennessee Head Coach Dave Serrano is one of the most successful and widely respected coaches in college baseball and enters his sixth season at the helm of the Volunteer Baseball program in spring 2017.

Previously the head coach at UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton, Serrano has the Volunteers moving in the right direction, leading them to the SEC Tournament in three consecutive seasons (2014-16) for the first time since 1995-97. A three-time coach with the USA Baseball National Team, serving as manager of the squad in 2012, Serrano has coached over 165 players who have gone on to be drafted, including 25 who have played in the Major Leagues.

Serrano is a proud and active member of the Knoxville community and has three sons, Kyle, Zach and Parker.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring organization, holds itself accountable for children in its program to achieve measurable outcomes, such as educational success; avoidance of risky behaviors; and higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships. Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring model is an evidence-based prevention and intervention strategy that is helping to improve the odds for children who face adversity.

Big Brothers Big Sisters cannot do it alone. With an investment of financial resources, Big Brothers Big Sisters can provide a key service to Tennesseans — changing children’s attitudes resulting in improved families and communities and leading to greater educational attainment for children served through Big Brothers Big Sisters.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Outcomes Summary, released in 2012, substantiates that its mentoring programs are evidence-based, proven, positive academic, socio-emotional and behavioral outcomes for youth in areas linked to high school graduation, avoidance of juvenile delinquency and college or job readiness. Top-quality evidence-based practices must be a part of any serious long-term strategy for moving our communities and our nation forward. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity, often those of single or low-income households or families where a parent is incarcerated or serving in the military, with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. This mission has been the cornerstone of the East Tennessee organization’s 45-year history.

 

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Axle Logistics Announces Volunteer and Financial Support of Big Brothers Big Sisters

Written by Chris Goodrich, Ackermann PR 

Axle Logistics today announced the company has formed a relationship with Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee, a non-profit organization that since 1970 has been providing children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that transform their lives for the better.

Axle’s support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee is highlighted by the commitment of multiple Axle employees who recently volunteered to become “Bigs” as part of the organization’s site-based and community-based programs – a result directly attributed to what was one of the most highly attended lunch-and-learns in Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee’s history earlier this month.

In addition to volunteer support, the newly formed relationship also includes Axle Logistics’ financial support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee through the sponsorship of the organization’s new Mentor 2.0 program, as well as its “Roof Top Crawl Party” fundraiser scheduled for later this summer.

In the past year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee has served approximately 878 children and has been focused on increasing fundraising efforts to aid in matching more children with a mentor.

“The work that Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee does in this community is tremendous, and continues to make an impact in children’s lives,” says Jon Clay, co-founder and managing partner of Axle Logistics. “We believe strongly in their vision that all children have the opportunity to achieve success in life, and we look forward to helping them push this mission forward in a variety of meaningful ways.”

Launching in fall 2016, Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee’s Mentor 2.0 program is a technology-enriched, email-supported, one-to-one youth mentoring program directly targeting qualifying high school students at a local high school, in this case South Doyle. The program focuses on college readiness and success for high school students, particularly those who are slated to become first-generation college students.

Mentors and mentees will communicate through weekly writing activities, discussing important topics such as professionalism, perseverance, self-advocacy, college financial aid, and career choices. In addition to email communication, mentors and mentees will meet in-person eight times per year at Big Brothers Big Sisters-sponsored activities.

Mentor 2.0 students will attend a weekly class session to work through a research-based curriculum as well as spend time messaging their mentor. The curriculum creates a baseline of conversations and activities for all matches. It covers non-cognitive skills necessary for college success such as perseverance, critical thinking, help seeking and self-advocacy, and optimism about the future. It will also cover college knowledge such as college selection, applications and financial aid.

“Big Brothers Big Sisters is a great organization with a large need that happens to match up very well with our workforce’s demographic,” says Drew Johnson, co-founder and managing partner of Axle Logistics. “We have a number of young, energetic professionals that are passionate about helping this community and giving back in an impactful way. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides a great way to facilitate that initiative.”

Today’s announcement comes just a few short weeks after Axle Logistics recently announced it will soon begin the expansion of its headquarters on the 10th floor of the Langley Building in downtown Knoxville in order to accommodate the hiring of an additional 40 employees over the next year and a half.

About Axle Logistics
Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, Axle Logistics is a non-asset based, third-party logistics (3PL) company with a focus on providing safe, reliable, advanced transportation services – Truckload, LTL, Intermodal, and Warehousing – to a wide variety of customers throughout the continental U.S., Canada and Mexico. For more information, visit www.axlelogistics.com.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee is providing children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one‐to‐one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Through these relationships, children achieve success throughout their lives. Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee has served more than 850 children in 2015. Through one to one mentoring relationships, these children make better decisions about their lives, have a better attitude about school and choose to avoid risky behaviors. Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee is always seeking mentors to serve as Bigs in the program. For more information on becoming a mentor, go to www.tennesseebig.org.

By , Ackermann PR|June 1st, 2016

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Local Children Wait In Hopes For A Mentor

Last Chance to Help Provide Role Models for At-Risk Youth in East Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee (April 12th, 2016)– DeVandre is an outgoing 6 year old who loves playing basketball, football, and teelittle ball. When he’s not playing sports, DeVandre loves watching The Disney Channel and listening to Disney music. His favorite restaurant is McDonald’s because he loves to order chicken nuggets! His favorite subjects are Math and Reading but sometimes he has a hard time with his ABCs. DeVandre wants a Big Brother who will teach him to count past 100. He also wants a Big Brother who will watch movies with him, take him to the park, and to sporting events! He is an energetic, goofy child with a sweet demeanor, who can‘t wait to hang out with a “new friend”.

The need for a “new friend” in DeVandre’s life has become more apparent the older DeVandre has gotten. DeVandre’s father has been absent most of his life and he currently doesn’t have a strong, male role model to look up to. DeVandre’s mom works full-time and is also a full-time student, so she rarely is able to spend one-on-one time with her son. Because she loves her son, DeVandre’s mom hopes for DeVandre to have the opportunity to explore and spend quality time with a caring and supportive Big Brother.  DeVandre has been on the waiting list for a mentor now for well over half a year.

Our hope as an agency is that through volunteer recruitment and community fundraising, we can match DeVandre with the perfect Big Brother.

The 34th Annual Rock N’ Bowl For Kids’ Sake will help match the nearly 103 area children just like DeVandre who are waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister.

Rock N’ Bowl for Kids’ Sake is the premier fundraising and awareness event for Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee. All funds raised by bowlers directly benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee programs and help put the guidance and friendship of mentors in the lives of our local children.

Here’s how you can make a difference: Form a bowling team of friends, family or coworkers and register at BowlforKidsToday.org. Each member of your team raises at least $50 to help BBBS match children with a Big Brother or Big Sister. Then, as a thank you, you and your team head to the lanes to enjoy bowling, prizes and fun. This year’s event is Rockstar themed, so come in costume and pick a creative team name, because we award the most enthusiastic teams. This is your last chance to participate in Rock N’ Bowl for Kid’s Sake 2016—don’t miss the opportunity to have fun with friends while making a difference in our community’s children!

The last Bowl For Kids’ Sake events will be held at:

Maryville- Crest Lanes
330 Whitecrest Dr, Maryville
Saturday, April 16th; 11am-2pm

Knoxville – Strike & Spare
5700 Western Avenue, Knoxville
Friday, April 23rd; 4pm-9pm
Saturday, April 24th; 10am-2pm

Register your team today at BowlForKidsToday.org and Bowl for DeVandre’s Sake! Online registration will be open up to the time of the event. If your organization or company is interested in setting up a Wii Bowling event, please contact Alli Damas at 865.523.9455.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee is providing children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one‐to‐one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Through these relationships, children achieve success throughout their lives. The funding provides the means to provide community outreach to recruiting more volunteers and reaching more children. Additionally, the funding provides the financial resources to conduct criminal background reports on the volunteers, and provide the program services to provide quality program support to each match insuring longer stronger matches. Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee served more than 873 children in 2015. Through the one to one mentoring relationships, these children make better decisions about their lives, have a better attitude about school and choose to avoid risky behaviors.

For more information about participating, volunteering or donating for this year’s Bowl For Kids’ Sake, contact Alli Damas at 865-523-9455 // adamas@tennesseebig.org.

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BBBS of East Tennessee Receives 2015 National Quality Award

Knoxville, Tenn. (April 7th, 2016)-Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee has been named a Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Quality Award winner. The organization is one of the 43 affiliate agencies out of 325 nationwide to receive this honor. This award is used by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America to recognize the strong work ethic of agency leadership and staff in providing high-quality programming for the children the organization serves.

“This past year, we set extremely high goals for ourselves, knowing it would be a challenge to meet and exceed them. Our team came together and worked tirelessly to get everything accomplished that was laid out in front of them,” said Kara Finger, VP of Programs. “It was difficult but fun to see everyone band together and grow stronger as a team.”

In the past year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee has served approximately 878 children and has been focused on increasing fundraising efforts to aid in matching more children with a mentor. To expand its services and impact, the agency will launch a new program, Mentor 2.0, in the Fall. Mentor 2.0 is a technology-enriched, email supported one-to-one youth mentoring program directly targeting qualifying high school students at a local high school.

“This recognition validates the hard work and time our staff has put into improving the quality and number of mentoring relationships we make, which is incredibly important to us,” said Al Williams, Board President. “It’s an honor to serve this organization and its mission.”

The Quality Award reflects the care and attention that goes into each match between a Big and a Little. Big Brothers Big Sisters of East TN will receive award recognition at the 2016 Big Brothers Big Sisters National Conference in Orlando this June.

 

About Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee is providing children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one‐to‐one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Through these relationships, children achieve success throughout their lives. Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee has served more than 850 children in 2015. Through one to one mentoring relationships, these children make better decisions about their lives, have a better attitude about school and choose to avoid risky behaviors. Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee is always seeking mentors to serve as Bigs in the program. For more information on becoming a mentor, go to tennesseebig.org.

For more information about the Big Brothers Big Sisters of East TN agency, contact Alli Damas, Marketing and Marketing Director, at 865-523-9455 //  adamas@tennesseebig.org.

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