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March Matchness

Just like the March Madness tournament, only the best teams advance in March Matchness. Eight teams (comprised of five or six Bigs and volunteers) compete head-to-head to advance for the ultimate prize.

Love college basketball? Love Big Brothers Big Sisters? Love the Royals?

Well, do we have a deal for you!

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College basketball

We’ve combined our great city’s love for college basketball and BBBS to create March Matchness.

March Matchness is a competition between BBBS volunteers working to recruit new Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Big Couples throughout the month of March.

Just like the March Madness tournament, only the best teams advance in March Matchness. Eight teams (comprised of five or six Bigs and volunteers) compete head-to-head to advance for the ultimate prize.

And to help celebrate March Madness, we open up the BBBS building every year on the first Thursday of the NCAA tournament for an all-day watch party. We have a nine-foot big screen in our theater and we have a four-plex HDTV set-up in our Walnut Room. And heck, if the weather is nice, you can even watch basketball on The Kushnir Family Rooftop Deck. In other words, we’re going to have all the games on all day. You won’t miss any of the action!

So even if you don’t participate in March Matchness, sneak out of work Thursday, March 16th and head over to the BBBS building to watch some buzzer beaters and have a burger and a beer (or Coke if you have to go back to work).

BBBS

You probably know that Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City has made a ton of matches in the past year. More than 500, to be exact. But you also probably know that BBBSKC still has a huge waiting list of Little Brothers and Little Sisters (again, more than 500, unfortunately).

So March Matchness helps to take some of those children off the waiting list. Our teams recruit potential Bigs and our recruitment team gets them signed up. March Matchness has been a huge boon to our recruitment efforts the past couple years. In 2015, we brought 59 new Bigs into our program. Last year, we bumped that up to 78 new Bigs.

This year, we’re going to blow that number out of the water. We’re shooting for 100 new Bigs in March Matchness!

The Royals

So we mentioned above the “ultimate prize”. That’s where the Royals come in. Our grand prize for the winning March Matchness team is a suite at The K. That’s right, a suite at The K!

We also have prizes (including John Mayer and Lionel Richie tickets) for the best individual recruiters.

We still have a few spots open if you’d like to participate or if you want more info. You don’t have to be a Big to be on a team (truthfully, you don’t even have to love college basketball). You just have to want to help us find more Bigs!

Contact Scott Cruce (scott@bbbskc.org or 816-777-2892) if you’re interested.

March Matchness Key Events

Tip-Off Party:  Tuesday, February 28 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the BBBS office.  This event will be for participants to meet their teammates, get their packets, mingle/network, obtain tips, talk strategy and get motivated to recruit Bigs.

Half-Time NCAA Tournament Watch Party:  Thursday, March 16 all day at the BBBS office.  This event will be for recruitment teams to bring their potential Bigs for a fun day of watching basketball, touring the building, networking, and most importantly learning about becoming a Big.       

BBBSKC Recruitment Team (Jake (spring intern), Tahir, Scott & Micheala
Scott Cruce, Director of Volunteer Recruitment
Scott Cruce, Director of Volunteer Recruitment
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