For the eighth consecutive year, New England’s World Champion Nose Tackle Vince Wilfork and The Safety Insurance 98.5 The Sports Hub New England Patriots Radio Network have teamed up with Mass Mentoring Partnership, to ensure that more young people are connected to caring adult mentors who will listen to them, stand by them and guide them. As a part of this initiative, Wilfork and 98.5 have extended invitations to mentor/mentee matches in the MMP network to attend a home game, and MMP chooses a match for each game based on the most compelling stories submitted. On game day, chosen matches are met by Bianca Wilfork and 98.5 The Sports Hub.
This is a highlight of the match that attended a home game this season.
[caption id="attachment_510" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Jacky and Michaela at the Pats-Chiefs game on Nov. 21"][/caption]Jacky, 18, and her mentor Michaela have been matched for five years through the Big Sister Big Brother program at Old Colony Y. They attended the Pats vs. Chiefs game in November, thanks to the generosity of Vince Wilfork, his wife Bianca, and The Safety Insurance 98.5 The Sports Hub New England Patriots Radio Network as Wilfork’s “Match of the Game” coordinated through Mass Mentoring Partnership.
In Michaela, Jacky finds a safe, trusted confidante in whom she can share her feelings and challenges. They enjoy going on walks, playing with Michaela's nieces and nephews, and catching up with one another over a meal.
"The relationship Jacky and I have nurtured over the last five years is one we both cherish," Michaela says. "I would certainly recommend the Big Sister Big Brother program to anyone who has love to share and gain."
The Y’s Big Sister Big Brother program, affiliated with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, is proud to provide children ages 6-18 with positive, caring adult mentors. For more information: www.oldcolonyymca.org.