Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Big News newsletter articles.

Tampa Bay Buccaneer Lavonte David with Littles from BBBS of the Midlands

Big Champion Lavonte David Hosts Littles in Football Camp


That night, Lavonte led BBBS of the Midlands Littles and Littles on the waitlist through a mini football camp called “Football Fun with Lavonte.” In groups, Littles rotated through five stations, some run by local high school football staff and players and one run by Lavonte, who worked with kids individually at his station.

Tristan Martin and Jordan Davis of Astro Lasso with Little Sister Melissa and Big Sister Sharon

Mentoring through Music Offers Big Experiences for Littles


A concert can be a unique experience for matches. Big Sister Sharon, who volunteers with BBBS of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties, and Little Sister Melissa attended a concert together in February and had an unforgettable time. The two saw indie pop band Astro Lasso along with We The Kings, Cute Is What We Aim For, and Plaid Brixx.

Big Brother Jason and Little Brother Yousif

First Big Brother Matched in San Diego’s New Program for Refugee Youth


Jason says he feels a responsibility to help kids in his community, and to help his 15-year-old Little Brother, Yousif, see that he can succeed in America. Jason’s dad modeled hard work for Jason when he was growing up. “He had a degree where he was from, but he worked long, long hours in Detroit, picking up glass bottles outside of the liquor store and recycling them for the owner,” Jason says. Eventually, he became a salesman, and then a manager. Now, he is the general manager of a wine store.

Dallas Assistant Police Chief Paul Stokes, BBBSA President and CEO Pam Iorio, and BBBS Lone Star President and CEO Pierce Bush, and Crystal Charity Ball Chair Pam Perella

Dallas Receives Bigs in Blue Grant and Raises $600,000 More


To kick off Bigs in Blue as a national Big Brothers Big Sisters initiative, BBBSA and BBBS Lone Star hosted a press conference in Dallas in March. Assistant Police Chief Paul Stokes, BBBS Lone Star CEO Pierce Bush, and BBBSA CEO Pam Iorio spoke about the need for Bigs in Blue in Dallas as well as the incredible response the program has already received.


WellCare and BBBSA Award Bigs in Blue Grants to 13 Cities


At a press conference in Dallas in March, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America announced that 13 cities have been awarded grants to start or expand Bigs in Blue programs. BBBSA awarded $560,000 in grant funding, with seven cities receiving funds from WellCare, the first corporate partner to support Bigs in Blue. WellCare is contributing $250,000 per year for three years and encouraging its own employees to volunteer as Bigs.

Big Brother Jon and Little Brother Cuba

This Big Brother/School Resources Officer’s Big Success with Bowl for Kids’ Sake


When he’s working outside the school, he’s known as “Officer Adkins.” In the six elementary schools he covers, he’s “Officer Jon.” To his Little Brother, Cuba, he’s “Big Brother Jon.” Kids often run up to Officer Jon. “Are you really Cuba’s brother?” they ask. Big Brother Jon says he’s proud to say yes, and that Cuba likes that kids know his Big Brother.