|Pulled Pork, Chocolate, a Football Wager and a Fromer Little-Turned -Mayor Focus on Mentoring at Washington, D.C. Conference|
Mayor Cannon and Mayor Lee visiting with some Bigs and Littles in Washington, D.C.
A friendly wager between two mayors came to fruition during the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C. Former Little Brother and current Mayor of Charlotte Patrick Cannon, and Mayor Edwin Lee of San Francisco, met this week and invited some Bigs and Littles to be a part of the fun. The message delivered, however, went beyond sports to talk about the power of Big Brothers Big Sisters.
This all started a few weeks ago as football fans across the country tuned in to watch the NFL Divisional Championship games. The Carolina Panthers squared off against the San Francisco 49ers in front of the home crowd at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. There was an added element of competition to this matchup, however: a wager between Mayors Cannon of Charlotte and Lee of San Francisco.
The stakes were pretty high. The losing Mayor was to send a package of local food and treats to the winner, with Mayor Cannon promising some of Carolina’s best barbeque pulled pork, and Mayor Lee wagering Boudin sourdough bread and some Ghirardelli chocolates.
Mayor Cannon is no stranger to Big Brothers Big Sisters and the impact of mentoring, as he is a former Little, having participated in the program in Charlotte as a child and recommended Big Brothers Big Sisters be included in the fun.
Cannon was featured on the Big Brothers Big Sisters homepage late last year. During the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Mayor Lee and Mayor Cannon met to discuss a variety of issues central to mentoring, and to Big Brothers Big Sisters. As a part of their agenda for the day, Mayor Cannon and Mayor Lee met with several Bigs and Littles from Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake.
“This is another example of how we can promote goodwill and mentoring in both Charlotte and San Francisco, and throughout the country. I just hope Mayor Lee looks good in Panther colors,” Cannon said.
President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Charles Pierson lauds this chance wager and meeting between the two mayors as a great opportunity to further cement the concept of mentoring as an important facet of life.
“As a former college ball player, I know the spirit of great sportsmanship and competition...” Pierson said. "Big Brothers Big Sisters is honored one of our Alumni 'Littles,' Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon, is taking this opportunity to highlight Big Brothers Big Sisters and the difference mentoring made in his life. Just as good coaching builds good players, Mayor Cannon is a living example of where good mentoring can take a young person."
“We are so pleased that Mayor Cannon has included Big Brothers Big Sisters in his bet against San Francisco Mayor Lee,” said Karen Calder, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte.
While the game ultimately did not come out in Charlotte's favor or ultimately the 49ers, both Mayor Cannon and Mayor Lee can agree that the cause for mentoring is worth a little good-natured ribbing.