Each month, Big Brothers Big Sisters recognizes one outstanding Big for a strong commitment to his or her Little and to our overall mentoring mission. Read about how these Bigs connect with their Littles, what they talk about with their matches and how they overcome challenges while growing in their mentor friendships.
Big Brother David and Little Brother William share a huge love: sports. Since being matched more than two years ago (in February of 2009), the pair can often be found participating in many sports-related pastimes. They enjoy shooting baskets, attending sporting events, going to the Science Museum and attending many BBBS activities together. While sports may have initially brought them together, they have also developed a great friendship and a unique bond.
David was originally drawn to becoming a Big Brother while still in college in Nebraska. He had a great coach who had been in the program as a Little and was currently a Big—and who talked about the importance of the program to his team. As the youngest in his family, David didn’t have the opportunity to be a big brother to any siblings—so this was a great opportunity for him to share the great things he learned growing up. Once he graduated from college and moved to Minnesota, David officially became a Big Brother.
When asked about his match, David often brags about his Little Brother and how far he has come in school over the past few years. When they first met, William had been struggling with a number of his classes, and his mother was concerned about the choices he was making. William had recently been through the loss of more than one important male figure in his life, and his mom knew he needed a positive male role model. She chose to get her son involved in BBBS and church, and things are very different for William these days. He currently has a 3.5 cumulative GPA and is recognized by his principal as being a leader in his class. He is also planning to attend college after he finishes high school in just a couple of years.
When asked where David envisions his Little Brother in 10 years, he says, “I see him having graduated from college and maybe even graduate school, too. I think he will get a degree in business but will have something to do with sports as a career. He is very ambitious and driven, and will be successful for sure!”