On June 27th, nearly 1,000 mentors and mentees from across the state came to Fenway Park for Mentoring Night to celebrate relationships and watch the Red Sox take on the Twins. Some of the matches appeared on the field during the pregame activities. Representing Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampden County, mentee Clint and his mentor Robert got to read the starting lineups on NESN.
Mentee Clint had been waiting to be matched for about eight months before Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampden County finally introduced him to mentor Robert. The program targets the children who need role models most, including those living in single parent homes, growing up in poverty and coping with parental incarceration. They offer a wide variety of programs that pair Littles with Bigs in one-to-one relationships through community-based and site-based programs.
Clint was very excited to have a male role model like Robert in his life – someone to talk to and someone to play sports with, like bowling and basketball. Robert helped Clint enroll in a basketball league, which is the first time that Clint has played in organized sports. Often, Robert will attend most of Clint’s games to cheer him on. As Robert helps Clint to develop different interests and hobbies, Clint helps Robert to feel young again. When they are together, they are always smiling because they are so happy to be in each other’s lives.