Monday, April 11, 2011
If a child grows up without a mother or father, a mentor of the same sex can work miracles. Studies show a mentor of the same gender can be the difference between success or failure.
That's what Big Brothers Big Sisters is all about. In preparation for this weekends' "Media Bowl" fundraiser, I want to introduce you to just one of the hundreds of kids in Kansas waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister to call their own.
There are only two things you'll need to be a Big Brother to Oscar. The first is energy, and the second is the ability to tap the inner kid inside of you.
That's what I did, as Oscar beat me in a bowling game and then gave me some advice. "You need to try your best," he said. " I need to try my best," I asked. "Okay. I'll try my best next time."
Oscar and I went from game to game, playing enough times to make sure we had enough tickets to redeem prizes. But the real prize of the day for this little guy was one thing, the race cars. "Does this go fast," Oscar asked. "Go faster!"
In addition to playing soccer and racing cars, this 7-year-old loves to learn. In fact, he says that's why he loves first grade. But when you ask Oscar what is the first thing he would do with a Big Brother? The answer comes easily. "Chuck E. Cheese," he said. "We can play games, and we can have fun."
Local journalists will participate in The "Media Bowl" to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters at the Northrock Lanes this Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. You can make a positive, long -lasting impact on children in our community by donating to Big Brothers Big Sisters by clicking here.
To find out how to become a Big Sister or Big Brotherclick here. Or, just click on the words "Related Links" beneath this story.