Big Brothers Big Sisters of NWA begins annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake events

Not many non-profit endeavors are going to simply require you to bowl a couple games and to throw back some pizza, but that is exactly what Big Brothers Big Sisters of NWA is asking of you. Well, that, and to solicit a small amount of financial donations and pledges to support their cause, of course.

Bowl For Kids’ Sake is the premier fundraising event for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Arkansas and serves as a great opportunity to get the organization’s staff, volunteers, and community supporters together for some big nights of bowling fun.

To participate as a bowler, interested participants can form a team of 5 individuals by inviting their colleagues, friends, neighbors and/or family members to join their team. Each team must then designate a team captain who will be responsible for registering the team via the registration website. Each team member is encouraged to raise a minimum $100 in donations and pledges to support the cause. Each bowler will bowl two games and enjoy free pizza and beverages as a reward for their support! There are multiple event dates, times, and locations to select from for participating in a bowl event.

  • February 18 at Ozark Lanes from 6-8pm (University Bowl)
  • February 25 in Siloam Springs from 6-8pm (Open to All)
  • March 4 at Fast Lanes from 6-8pm (Open to All)
  • March 6 at Ozark Lanes from 1-3pm (Tyson Bowl)
  • March 8 at Fast Lanes from 6-8pm (Walmart Bowl)
  • March 9 at Fast Lanes from 6-8pm (Walmart Bowl)
  • March 10 at Fast Lanes from 6-8pm (Walmart Bowl)
  • March 11 at Fast Lanes from 6-8pm (Walmart Bowl
  • March 13 from 1-3pm at Ozark Lanes from 1-3 (Battle of the Banks)(Open by invite only)

Big Brothers Big Sisters is the oldest and largest mentoring organization in the country, serving nearly 250,000 youth annually and over 3 million since its inception. The mission of the organization is to help children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with mentors that have a measurable impact on youth. Through its programs, trained professionals recruit, screen, match and support Big and Little Brothers and Sisters through a network of more than 400 agencies throughout the country.

Big Brothers Big Sisters has served children in Northwest Arkansas for over 15 years by matching over 1,000 local youth with dedicated mentors who have made a lasting impact on their lives. The local organization is currently seeking adults to serve as “Bigs”, or adult mentors, as individuals, couples, or families. There are two options for participation which include community-based mentoring and site-based mentoring. Community-based mentoring would involve meeting with a child 2-4 times a month for a couple hours each time with the personal flexibility to choose dates and activities. Site-based mentoring entails meeting with a child once a week for about one hour at school or at a community facility to eat lunch, play games, help with home work, etc.

Those who may have a child, or know of a child, who can benefit from a one-to-one mentoring relationship with a caring adult can get the child signed up as a “Little”. Children who qualify for the program are typically between the ages of 6-14, live in Washington or Benton County, lack the involvement of one or both parents, and are capable of and willing to establish a relationship with a “Big”.

For more information about becoming involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of NWA, please contact the organization at (479) 756-5683 or toll-free at (877) 756-5683. You can also visit their website.

Jason Minton is a guest contributor for the Fayetteville Flyer. Jason lives in Fayetteville, and is involved with several Northwest Arkansas Non-Profit Organizations. For more of Jason’s contributions, visit his author page.