It's an event that's been going on as long as most can remember. It's the signature fundraising annual event for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore and it happens over a couple of months at a few different locations. It involves a little fundraising, a LOT of bowling and a great time for any individual or team that wants to make a difference in the lives of the kids in the community and a group who's work is synonymous with the betterment of the next generation.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore has been serving children and families locally for over 50 years, and the organization has been working nationally for almost 120. That's a long, long time to be an influence on kids who might not have that positive role model in their lives for any number of reason. No matter the reason, making a positive impact on a younger person is the best gift anyone can give. As we grow, there are a lot of things that present themselves that require a little more life experience than can be taught in a book, and in today's day and age, quite often, kids find themselves looking for answers to those questions from someone they can trust and get a straight answer from. It's not about how much money can be spent on them or how cool of things you can do, it's about the quality and compassion that can only be passed on, person to person.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is also working toward some newer ideas as well. Sure, there is the traditional model of "Big's and Little's" but what about peer to peer? There is a new idea of strengthening younger people to support each other. Maybe a 1st with a 6th grader and a 6th grader with a 9th grader, to find those life bench marks when young people can not only use the milestones they achieve in their life to see what they have done, but to show other kids...from close to their level...that "they did it", so what seems impossible isn't so hard. A peer to peer experience compared to what we so often see in schools? I'll take the support system over the bullying anytime.
As mentioned, Bowl for Kids Sake stretches out over March and April and has events that stretch from Holland to Muskegon with 6 different events one of which is already sold out so getting in on the fun is a matter of quick action on your part!! Gather up your team, participate as an individual or maybe explore being a virtual bowler if you want to be a part and are not quite the bowling type. There's a way for everyone to participate!
New Executive Director Robin Hard and Development Director Denyel McCallister joined me for a chat about Bowl for Kids Sake and all things Big Brothers Big Sisters 2020, take a listen!
Polish up your bowling ball, rent yourself some shoes and get involved! This is a time honored tradition and a great way to help assure that the work Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore continues on for the next 50 years and that our kids have the matches, and mentors they need to have the guidance and direction they need to keep on the right path and doing well as they grow. If you're ready to bowl, click on the photo below to get your team signed up! We're proud to be a media partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore.