SPORTS BUDDIES

Do you love sports and fitness? Does your child? Do you enjoy sharing the joy and benefits of sports with others? Consider becoming part of our Sports Buddies program!

Sports Buddies is a community-based mentorship program that matches adult volunteers ("Bigs") with youth ("Littles") who have a shared interest in sports, fitness, or just being active. We know that sports of various kinds - organized and recreational - promote physical and emotional health, as well as a sense of community. They're also FUN! What better way to form and nurture a positive, empowering mentoring relationship?

Each Sports Buddies match meets twice per month, engaging in fun and positive activities that inspire the Little to envision - and realize - their potential. This can be any free or low-cost activity both the Big and Little enjoy, such as working out together, playing a sport they both love, or attending a sporting event together. Periodically throughout the year, Big Brothers Big Sisters offers outings where all Sports Buddies participants can engage in a fun group activity/sport, or attend a local or regional sporting event. Please note: During the COVID-19 pandemic, group activities (including attendance at sporting events) may not be possible due to health and safety restrictions.

Sports Buddies mentors must be at least 18 years of age, have access to reliable transportation, and be able to commit to at least one year. Mentors do not have to be athletes or have any experience in organized sports. As with all of our community-based programs, interested mentors must complete an application and screening interview, provide references, and successfully pass a criminal background check and driving records check. Sports Buddies Littles must be between the ages of 6 and 14 at the time of enrollment.

We have a particular need for male mentors to become Big Brothers in our Sports Buddies program, as we have several Little Brothers on our waiting list. Consider volunteering as a Sports Buddies mentor today!

To become a Sports Buddies mentor, click here to apply or text "Sports Buddies" to 513-857-1491.

To enroll your child in the Sports Buddies program, click here or call us at 513-867-1227.