When Little Brother Malik asked for someone to play sports and do homework with, we doubt he knew he was going to receive a lifelong friend, mentor, and Big Brother like Jimmy. In October 2013, 2nd grader Malik wanted someone who would help him with his school work and play outdoors with. He hoped for a Big Brother that could help him become more proficient with his multiplication facts and spelling. Though he said school was hard, he understood the importance of education and working hard, which was outstanding for someone his age! Little did Malik know, he was about to become Brothers with an outstanding male mentor named Jimmy.
Jimmy joined our program in 2013 after spending a lot of his free time volunteering with youth. At this time, Jimmy had been married for one year and was expecting his first child, Jimmy Jr. When looking for a Little Brother, all Jimmy requested was a Little who shared his love of sports. Jimmy wanted to make an impact in someone else’s life and choose to mentor a child through our Site-Based Program. Jimmy and Malik were matched soon after and later transitioned into our Community-Based Program. The rest is history…
Jimmy and Malik will be celebrating their three year match anniversary this year, and their journey has been so fun for the BBBS team to watch. Today, even though Jimmy’s family continues to grow (Jimmy had a sweet baby girl this past year!), Malik is still a priority in Jimmy’s life. Jimmy has welcomed Malik and his family with open arms and has made them a part of his own family (Malik even calls Jimmy Jr. hisLittle Brother). Whether it’s going to a sporting event or just hanging out and talking, Jimmy and Malik love each other’s company. Malik knows that Jimmy will be there for him no matter what and Jimmy is excited to watch Malik grow into an even better version of himself! These two are a ROCKSTAR match!
When you bowl in this year’s Rock N’ Bowl For Kids’ Sake, you are allowing BBBS to make more matches like Jimmy and Malik! Be a ROCKSTAR and bowl today. Register at BowlForKidsToday.org.
Knoxville, Tenn. (January 13, 2016) – Big Brothers Big Sisters of East TN and the Eskimo Escapades are teaming up to create one fun day of raising funds through activities in the chilly waters of the Tennessee River. The Big Brothers Big Sisters of East TN’s Penguin Plunge and the Eskimo Escapades’ Shut Up & Ski! event will take place at Volunteer Landing on Neyland Drive this Saturday, January 16th, starting at 10am.
Opening the day will be the Penguin Plunge, starting at 10am. Participants will brave the cold and take one giant plunge into the river in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of East TN. Onlookers and participants will meet Penguins from Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies and UT Letterman Divers, who will kick off the event with dives from the dock. Anyone interested in registering for the event can do so at tennesseebig.org.
The Eskimo Escapades Shut Up & Ski! event will take place afterwards from 11am to 3pm. Participants can ride, ski, foot, or even ride on a stool all for a set donation. Skiers, wake boarders, tubers and other water sport lovers are all invited to participate and raise money and awareness for the Patricia Neal IRC, the Dream Connection and the Adventure Amputee Camp. For more information or to sign up online, visit eskimoescapades.org.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee provides 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 850 children in 2014. Through one to one mentoring relationships, these children make better decisions about their lives, have a better attitude about school and choose to avoid gang and criminal activity.
About Eskimo Escapades Eskimo Escapades Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not for profit that conducts a winter water ski charity event in downtown Knoxville every January. This year they are donating all profits from the event to The Dream Connection, Patricia Neal IRC, and Adventure Amputee Camp.