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BBBS AND KPD LAUNCH GO BIG! KNOXVILLE INITIATIVE

–Read coverage of the launch on the City of Knoxville Mayor’s blog.
—View the Facebook Live.
–See the launch photo album

MAYOR MADELINE ROGERO AND POLICE CHIEF EVE THOMAS TO LAUNCH
GO BIG! KNOXVILLE INITIATIVE AT MEDIA EVENT TODAY
Go Big! Knox is a new partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, TN — (January 28, 2019) — Mayor Madeline Rogero, Police Chief Eve Thomas, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee CEO Brent Waugh will announce on Monday the launch of Go Big! Knoxville.

The new initiative aims to defend the potential of at-risk youth by building bridges between marginalized communities and the police who serve them. The program has a goal of recruiting 50 community mentors by July 2019.

The press conference will include an address from BBBS-ETN mentor B.K. Hardin, a police officer who was injured in a brutal, random attack while directing University of Tennessee game day traffic last fall. Hardin will discuss how mentoring helps take the stigma off the uniform.

WHAT: Press conference to announce Go Big! Knoxville launch

WHEN: 4:30-6:30 p.m.

  • 4:30-5:30: Pre-event reception with opportunity to interview key stakeholders
  • 5:30-6:30: Press conference featuring Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, KPD Chief of Police Eve Thomas, and additional special guests

WHERE: The Regas Building, 318 N. Gay Street

WHO: Representatives from the City of Knoxville, the Knoxville Police Department, Knox County Schools, the Knox County Juvenile Court, Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee, Save Our Sons, and additional community partners

VISUALS: Bigs and Littles who are part of the new program; Mayor Rogero launching the initiative; Chief of Police Eve Thomas; Knox County Juvenile Court Judge Tim Irwin; “Ribbon-cutting” at 6:30 p.m.

ON-SITE CONTACT: Brent Waugh, 865.804.1288

  • Additional interviews available by request to Elizabeth Malone at EMalone@KnoxvilleTN.gov.

More information available at TennesseeBig.org/GoBigKnox.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee
Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee defends 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.

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