March 6, 2015: Go Big! Bowl for Kids’ Sake supports local kids, by Jen Warkentin

Jen Warkentin

Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters is ready to “Go Big or Go Home” in our recruitment and fundraising campaign to serve the children of Cloud, Mitchell and Republic counties.

Division One Kansas Basketball Coaches Gregg Marshall (WSU), Bill Self (KU) and Bruce Weber (K-State) are once again challenging Kansans to “Go Big or Go Home” when it comes to helping kids. As statewide co-chairs of the 2015 Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraising and mentoring campaign, their challenge will serve as a friendly competition to determine who can collect the most funds and recruit the most volunteers for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

What is Big Brothers Big Sisters?

Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters operates under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. What sets us apart from other mentoring organizations is that we provide one-to-one mentoring. Our unique program helps develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of Kansas kids.

We strive to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

National research shows that positive relationships between Littles and their Bigs have a direct and measurable impact on children’s lives. By participating in our programs, Little Brothers and Sisters are:

— more confident in their schoolwork performance
— able to get along better with their families
— 46 percent less likely to begin using illegal drugs
— 27 percent less likely to begin using alcohol
— 52 percent less likely to skip school

How can you help? Support Bowl For Kids’ Sake!

Bowl for Kids’ Sake is a fun and easy way for you and your company, friends, or family to support the life-changing work of Big Brothers Big Sisters. If you care about kids and can spare an hour to have fun with your friends, then Bowl for Kids’ Sake is for you!

It’s easy to get started!

First: Visit to sign up your team. You can also call or email me ( or 785/243-1620) for a team packet.

Second: Send out e-mails or fundraise with Facebook and Twitter. Aim high! The goal for each person is to raise $150! Hit your personal goal and get a “Go Big or Go Home” shirt featuring KU, K-State and Wichita State University!

And third: Come bowl! After you have secured your donations, it’s time to have fun! You and your teammates are invited to join us on Saturday, March 28, at Thunder Strikez to celebrate your fundraising success!

— Jen Warkentin is area program director for Big Brothers Big Sisters. For information on becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister, contact her at 785/243-1620 or


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