Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana, IMS team up to recruit Bigs
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway teamed up for a “500 Bigs by the Indy 500” -- a campaign to recruit 500 potential "Bigs."
As Indy 500 race day nears, it can be reported that the goal has been surpassed.
“IMS believes wholeheartedly in the benefits of connection, growth and understanding between a mentor and mentee,” Penske Entertainment Senior Vice President Allison Melangton said in a news release. “Through this partnership, we hope to recruit enough mentors to get the waiting list down to zero.”
A “Big” is matched with a “Little” to form a mentor/mentee relationship. “Bigs” and “Littles” are supposed to see each other approximately 2-4 times per month. BBBSCI supports youth in Marion, Hamilton and Johnson counties.
“We have so many stories of matches where Bigs did simple things like show up and listen and support their Little as they’re trying to navigate growing up,” said Jackie Lai, Senior Director of Community Engagement & JEDI Initiatives at BBBSCI. “...Showing up and just listening, supporting can make all the difference for a kid who’s just trying to get through life.”
The partnership between BBBSCI and IMS is an example of how Indy 500’s impact stretches beyond just being an IndyCar race.
“Our hope is that more people will realize how rewarding it is to be there as a mentor for a young person – to encourage them, connect them to opportunities and benefit from knowing them,” Darcey Palmer-Shultz, CEO of BBBSCI, said via a release. “It is no small thing that, while they are gearing up for Indy 500 season, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is doing just as much to give back to our community."
For more information about the “500 Bigs by the Indy 500” campaign, you can visit: www.bebigforkids.org/500by500.