BBBSAZ Littles had an action-packed day on Saturday, March 18th, at Salt River Fields! Thanks to our amazing sponsors, State Forty Eight Foundation, Cox, PepsiCo, W. L. Gore & Associates, and the Arizona Diamondbacks, BBBSAZ was able to host a ‘Big for a Day’ event with some of our waitlisted Littles.
There are currently over 200 youth waiting for a mentor in Maricopa County. BBBSAZ works with its amazing community partners to host “Big for a Day” activities to keep these kids engaged while they wait for their mentor.
The morning started with our waitlisted Littles and potential Bigs, checking in and getting to know one another. From there, groups of volunteers and Littles, went off to play various games throughout the Pepsi Patio! Cornhole, relay races, and bingo were just some of the fun activities to participate in! The Littles were so excited to be spending time with the volunteers and to have this opportunity.
After the games concluded, it was time for hot dogs, chips, and cookies! Soda and water were generously donated by PepsiCo. The volunteers, Littles, and parents used this time to get to know one another. The Littles shared their likes and interests and were eager to learn more about the volunteers as well. After lunch, volunteers, Littles, and their families were able to hang out on the Pepsi Patio and watch the Diamondbacks!
As the event concluded, several volunteers expressed their interest in becoming Bigs. It only took a few short hours of hanging out with the Littles on the waitlist for these volunteers to see how impactful and easy mentoring can be. Also, our families were grateful for this experience and are looking forward to their children being matched with a Big as soon as possible.
If you missed this event and are interested in learning more about becoming a Big, please join us for an upcoming Volunteer Information Session. To register, please click here! If you are interested in hosting your own Big for a Day with your company or organization, please email Community Outreach Specialist, Noelle Bish, at firstname.lastname@example.org.