Kansas City, Mo. — (February 13, 2023) Each year, Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City (BBBSKC) teams up with the NFL Inspire Change Foundation for “Big Draft” to recruit new Bigs for the waiting kids in their program. This is a nationwide campaign that happens in cities across the country. The goal of the Kansas City office is to draft 400 new Bigs from February 13-April 27, 2023.
“Draft day is often one of the most important days in the life of a pro football player,” said Micheal Lawrence, CEO of BBBSKC. “It’s a day when their new team says, “You’ve got what it takes,” and their lives are changed forever.”
In Kansas City, over 200 local kids — called ‘Little Brothers’ or ‘Little Sisters’ — are waiting to be paired with a mentor — called ‘Big Brothers’ or ‘Big Sisters. In 2023 we are expected to enroll an additional 400 kids, so we need help. Some of our current waiting Littles have been waiting for a year or more. We specifically need Big Brothers and Big Couples to match with a growing list of boys, and we have an urgent need for Bigs in Eastern Jackson county and the Northland.
“When we draft a Big, it’s not just their life that is changed forever, but the life of their Little, too,” said Lawrence. “We’re ready and excited to recruit the next class of life-changing mentors.”
How it works
Starting today, BBBSKC is launching a comprehensive effort to recruit new Bigs. By signing up to become a Big and attending an info session, you and a guest will be invited to the Big Draft Party on day one of Draft Day in the heart of the Crossroads, just blocks away from the Live NFL Draft. This will be the largest sports-related event in Kansas City history, and Big Brothers Big Sisters will be inviting our new Bigs to join us for food, drink, meet and greets with celebrities, and a premiere landing spot near all of the action happening at Union Station on Thursday, April 27, 2023.
For more information on becoming a Big, visit bigdraft.org.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City (BBBSKC) works to clear the path to a child’s biggest possible future by matching them with a caring, adult mentor in a one-to-one friendship. “Bigs” help “Littles” ignite, empower and defend their potential by standing with them. Last year, 99% of the Senior Littles graduated high school, 83% reported improved self esteem and 71% reported improved grades since being matched. For more information about BBBSKC, visit www.bbbskc.org.