BB/BS match - Travis & Gerald

September 28, 2006
Reported by Pam Dixon

Nearly 100 children in our area are on a waiting list for the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Most of them are boys who need positive male role models in their lives. KPLC's Pam Dixon shows us how a little bit of time can have a big impact on a child.

McNeese basketball player Travis Bolden may have finally met his match. Travis says, "It keeps you in line actually in some of the things that you do. It just keeps you on your toes when you got somebody to look up to you."

Travis met eight year old Gerald a year ago when they were matched through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Travis says, "I always wanted a little brother, me myself. I got an older brother. I just always wanted a brother. We play video games and just kind of hang out." Gerald says, "We go skating."

Travis is proof that it doesn't take a lot of time to score big with a kid. Gerald says, "They like to have fun with you." Travis not only goes to college, works full time, has a wife and new baby, he still has time for Gerald. Travis says, "Friendships are easy to keep. It helps you as a person when you're being a positive impact on somebody else's life that's younger than you, and you see them grow and that makes you feel like you're doing something."

All it takes is couple of hours twice a month and you too can help a little teammate be a winner in the game of life. If you would like to learn more about becoming a big brother or big sister, call 478-KIDS or click here. The agency even organizes free activities for its matches.