BB/BS match - Matt & Lucas - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

BB/BS match - Matt & Lucas

June 29, 2007
Reported by Pam Dixon

Every year, the Big Brothers Big Sisters program honors the best of its best. This year's "Big Brother of the Year" for Jeff Davis Parish is Matt Thibeaux. KPLC's Pam Dixon shows us why Thibeaux is becoming a champion in a young child's life.

Matt Thibeaux and 12 year old Lucas are wild about sports. Lucas says, "My favorite sport is baseball. We watch a lot of baseball and football games and practice a lot. He watches most of my games. We just do a lot of things together."

The two were matched through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in the fall of 2006. It was all part of Matt's game plan. Matt says, "It means a lot because I know that I can have an effect on someone's life." Lucas says, "Now I have more things to do and don't just sit around the house. Like during summer I don't have anything to do. When he's my big brother we do everything together."

A big brother is quite a catch for Lucas who is growing up with a single mom and a sister at home. Lucas says, "If I ever need anyone to talk to, he is there. He's my role model. I look forward to being like him."

Matt may be number one on Lucas' roster, but together this team is having quite the time. Matt says, "It just gives me somebody to so something with when I don't have anyone around. It's a good feeling to know that if he is tempted with bad things, I will be able to correct it so that he doesn't ruin his life." Lucas says, "It's fun because it's different without him. I don't know what I'd do without him."

All it takes is a couple of hours twice a month and you too can have a ball with a young child. If you would like to learn more about becoming a big brother or big sister, call 478-KIDS or click here. In Jeff Davis Parish, call 337-824-4847.

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