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2016 Big Brother of the Year: Sabin

2016’s Big Brother of the Year, Sabin, has been matched with his Little Brother, Lawrence, for three years. In that time, Sabin has helped Lawrence see that by staying away from gangs and violence, he can have a better life. “Before, I thought I was stuck. Now I see that there is a chance for me to own my own business and be successful,” Lawrence says. Now, Big Brother Sabin is a successful entrepreneur and even a recent “Shark Tank” winner, but he grew up in similar circumstances as Lawrence and was also guided by his own Big Brother. This background allows him to both relate to and inspire Lawrence.

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BIG Champions Announced at National Conference

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has welcomed four new “BIG Champions,” celebrity ambassadors who will help the organization in its mission to match more children across the United States with a caring adult mentor. The new 2016 BIG Champions are: Antonio Brown, a Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver; Lavonte David, a Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker; LeToya Luckett, a singer/songwriter who was a founding member of Destiny’s Child; and Eric Hutchinson, a singer/songwriter. All BIG Champions will help raise awareness, boost fundraising, participate in activities, and inspire potential mentors to help out.

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2016 Big Sister of the Year: Laura

During the first year they were matched, 2016 Big Sister of the Year Laura helped Little Sister Emily deal with anxiety, develop confidence, and navigate a tough time in middle school. “Helping her work through those struggles brought us closer and frankly made us both stronger,” Laura says. With Laura’s guidance, Emily is looking forward to the next phase of her life. “It’s because of Laura that I plan to attend college,” she says. “It’s because of Laura that the little girl that was failing in school is now a 12th grade honors student soon attending college.”

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In The News

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia a Group of Angels
  • Recently Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia (S.C.) received laudable recognition from South Carolina Secretary of State, Mark Hammond, who named the organization among the “Angels” on the state’s annual “Scrooges and Angels” list for nonprofits for 2013.

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Each year half a million people across America come together to have fun and raise money to support Big Brothers Big Sisters with Bowl for Kids' Sake. The funds raised help support approximately 200,000 Bigs and Littles by providing ongoing support for children, families and volunteers to build and sustain long-lasting relationships. Learn more >>

Bowling News

  • Follow the Yellow Brick Road…for Kids’ Sake
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Manitowoc County (Wis.) opted for a “Wizard of Oz” theme this year. Bowlers came dressed in a variety of costumes, including witches, flying monkeys, scarecrows and the tin man, along with a wizard and even a yellow brick road, all while raising more than $90,000.
  • National Youth Violence Prevention Week
  • The week of April 7 - 11 is National Youth Violence Prevention Week! During this week, there will be a call to raise awareness and discussion of issues related to youth violence. The National Association of Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) will work as an information and resource center, providing an action kit and instruction on how to make the most of the campaign. As a prominent issue today, youth violence, and this campaign, can be something worth discussing with your Little. 

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