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BBBS Teams Up with Dave Serrano for Surprise Flashmob

Knoxville, Tenn.- The attendants in Thompson Bowling Arena last Tuesday were anticipating a clash between two incredible coaches as Tennessee’s Rick Barnes and the Volunteers battled on the court against the Auburn’s Bruce Pearl and the Tigers. However, a third coach decided to throw some unexpected entertainment into the mix.
Dave Serrano, Head Coach of the UT Baseball team, partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee (BBBS) to throw a surprise flash mob during the halftime introduction of the 2016 Baseball team. “Our baseball team was honored to be part of the Flash Mob with Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee during the basketball game. I’m a proud member of their organization and anytime I can include my team to raise awareness for this organization I will. I hope this allows more people to “step up to the plate” for these wonderful kids.” said Coach Dave Serrano. Dave Serrano supports BBBS each year by hosting the Dave Serrano Golf Classic to benefit the agency. The golf classic is set to take place this Fall.

The flash mob group shook up the arena with dance moves from the UT Baseball team, UT Cheer and Dance Team, Smokey, Missy Kane, Michael Spencer with WATE, WBIR Anchor and Big Sister Mary Scott, WVLT Anchors, Amanda Hara and Ted Hall, Tyrone from the Mark and Kim Show on Star 102.1, and the matches and staff of BBBS.

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 gang and criminal activity.
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 at 865-523-9455 // adamas@tennesseebig.org.

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AT&T Supports Big Brothers Big Sisters’ New Mentor 2.0 Program

Knoxville, TN. (February, 9th 2016)  – Big Brothers Big Sisters of East TN (BBBS) is pleased to announce it has received financial support of $1,800.00 from AT&T to help fund associated costs, including curriculum and match activities, for its new program, Mentor 2.0.

Mentor 2.0, a groundbreaking initiative developed by iMentor, is 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 this Fall.

“AT&T is pleased to be able to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee for their Mentor 2.0 program. Mentoring has proven to be a successful tool to develop and provide direction for young adults,” said Allan Hill, Regional Director for External Affairs.

AT&T invests in innovative education organizations, tools and solutions; and employs technology and capabilities that are unique to its company to make a positive impact on education. AT&T believes that every student deserves opportunities to reach his or her full potential and that by removing barriers, sparking innovative solutions and making connections, every student can achieve a bright, successful future. AT&T’s community mission involving the furthering of education aligns with the goals of the future Mentor 2.0 program.

On hand for the check presentation from AT&T, State Senator Becky Massey said, “As a former Board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee, I know that mentoring is a vital way to help children in our community succeed. I think the Mentor 2.0 program will encourage a new generation of youth to work hard, stay in high school and pursue college dreams.”

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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 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 Community Engagement at AT&T
At AT&T, Community Engagement means engaging employees to build strong, connected, and thriving communities where they live and do business. Employees focus on three key issues: improving educational outcomes, building sustainable communities and promoting the responsible use of technology. In 2011, employees and retirees donated 6 million hours of time to community outreach activities and pledged more than $33 million for charities of their choice through the United Way/Employee Giving campaign. Employees also committed to more than 21,000 sustainable choices through Do One Thing (DOT), which invites employees to make small, everyday choices that add up to a big positive impact for themselves, the community and/or the company.

 

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BBBS Celebrates the Season at Annual Holiday Party

Knoxville, Tenn.– Christmas came early for the matches, staff and board members of Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee (BBBS). Presents, music, crafts, a photo booth and an inspiring message combined to make one rockin’ holiday party on December 4th, 2015.

The BBBS Annual Holiday party was the start of the giving season for some, including the University of Tennessee’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and guest speaker, Antone Davis. Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity organized a wrapped-gift drive for the Little Brothers and Sisters of BBBS. Antone Davis, a former Professional Football player, UT Football Alum and past contestant on the Biggest Loser, delivered an inspirational message on his personal experience with overcoming obstacles while on his path to success. The Peyback Foundation provided food and gift-cards for mentors, while the University of Tennessee donated drinks.

Each year, BBBS recognizes a Big Brother and a Big Sister who go above and beyond to positively influence the lives of their Little Brother and Sister. This year, Big Brother and Big Sister of the Year were awarded to Mike Fitzgerald and Katie Bailey. Through their dedication to being positive role models, both are changing the lives of youth in the Knoxville community. Also honored was Vivian Gwinn, BBBS Community Engagement Director, for her 10 years of service and dedication to the agency.

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 gang and criminal activity.
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 at 865-523-9455 //  adamas@tennesseebig.org.

 

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Penguin Plunge

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.

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Summer Safety

Summer is here! For our matches, it can mean a few different things. For our Community Based matches, it means that schedules are more flexible and less time can be spent working on homework (with more of a focus on FUN). For our School Based matches, some are on a break until the next school year**, but some School Based matches are transitioning from an in-school-only environment to a world of home visits and finding activities to do in the community. 

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