EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 20, 2015
This program has been such a big part of my life that I’m comfortable asking for your help.
The BBBS program seeks to change the lives of children facing adversity for the better, forever, with one-to-one mentoring. BBBS operates in communities across the US helping children between 6 and 18 years of age.
29 years ago I started with the BBBS and met Chris (12 years old at the time). To this day, I’m still in touch with my “little brother” from back in the 80’s. Chris is far from being a “little” now and actually has two 7-year old twin boys of his own.
Now with both my kids is college I enthusiastically became a “Big” once again. This past Fall I was matched with Xzavier. He is a 9-year old living with his mother in a tough area of Boston. His mother enrolled him in the BBBS program to hopefully find a mentor that will help him make the right decisions to help him succeed and thrive in life. We get together several times a month; play sports, go to the movies, and we readily accept any donated tickets to the Bruins and Celtics.
Last December I received notification that I was awarded one of the few charity tickets that BBBS has for the 2015 Boston Marathon. As condition of running in the marathon I have pledged to raise funds for BBBS. Although I’m not a fan of running, I am looking forward to the challenge of the marathon and the ability to raise money for BBBS. But I could really use you help.
It’s not just a donation. It’s an investment in a child’s future.
National research has shown the positive relationships between Littles and Bigs have a direct measurable impact on children’s live. Little Brothers are:
More confident in their schoolwork performance
Able to get along better with their families
46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
27% less likely to begin using alcohol
52% less likely to skip school
All money that I raise will go to BBBS, where roughly 90% of every dollar they get goes directly to making and supporting matches between Littles and Bigs.
The money will be used for recruiting new Big Brother and Big Sister volunteers, covering cost of background checks, enabling ongoing supervision and relationship support, and providing cultural and social activities to enrich the opportunities for children.