Since 2006, Hobart and William Smith Colleges have actively participated in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and have made a tradition of taking part in the organization’s largest national fundraiser, Bowl for Kids Sake. The HWS Bowl for Kids Sake raised $4,000 last year and organizers have set the bar higher this year, with a goal of $10,000, in the hopes of fully supporting 10 matches between HWS students and little brothers or little sisters. Each match costs approximately $1,000 annually to support. The event will take place Saturday, March 6.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is a national, non-profit organization based in New York City which connects youth between the ages of six and 18 with mentors who assist them with both professional and personal development. According to the organization, youth who participate in the program are 46 percent less likely to use illegal drugs and 52 percent less likely to skip school; there are also numerous intangible benefits of being a part of the program and having a connection with a mentor.
For HWS Bowl for Kids Sake, teams usually consist of four or five people (larger teams will simply be divided among multiple lanes). In order to reach the goal of $10,000, each person has to raise a minimum of $50. Of course, organizers encourage individuals to raise as much as they are able, as all proceeds will benefit the HWS program. Each individual who signs up for the Bowl for Kids Sake event will receive a personal bowling Web page where others can donate using credit cards (cash and personal checks will be accepted as well).
The event will be held at Sunset Lanes in Geneva, N.Y., beginning at 3 p.m. Each person will receive two free games of bowling, rental shoes, a T-shirt, beverages. Prizes will also be awarded to the top earning teams. Van transportation to and from the event will be provided from Medbery parking lot.
Teams who have participated in the past include the Education Department, Residential Education, the fraternities of Delta Chi, Kappa Alpha, Kappa Sigma, Chi Phi, and various other organizations. To sign up for this event, simply visit www.beabig.com. HWS currently have about 35 Big Brothers Big Sisters members on campus and new members are always welcome. For more information contact Stephanie Wells at Stephanie.Wells@hws.edu.