Often staying active on their match outings, Dillon and Zeke felt right at home on the basketball court for our video shoot! The pair, who have been matched for almost a year, love to play sports, see animals, and do fun science experiments. Whether it is bowling or visiting Biosphere 2, Dillon and Zeke always have a great time, all while learning valuable lessons along the way. Watch their campaign video here!
Do you have any particular activities you enjoy sharing during your outings?
There are a lot of different things! We like to be active and play a lot of sports, like shooting hoops, playing catch with the football, mini-golf, and bowling. We also have fun doing science activities and visiting animals at the Reid Park Zoo and Desert Museum.
Share a favorite memory or experience from your match.
My favorite memory with my Little was going to Biosphere 2. When we get together we like to be silly, so we had fun meeting, naming, and dissecting a squid in order to learn more about the animal. We also loved conducting experiments and receiving a “behind-the-scenes” tour of the facility.
What do you think your Little Brother has learned from you?
I think one of the things that my Little Brother is learning from me is quite simple, and that “it is nice to be nice”. Whether it is offering the front seat of the car to a guest, holding the door open for someone, or writing a thank-you note. These actions don’t take a lot of time, but are simply nice to do.
What would you say to someone who is thinking about becoming a Big, but isn’t quite sure it’s for them?
Do your research and ask questions! There are so many different volunteer opportunities available and it is important that the organization you partner with has a mission that aligns with your own. When you are successful in aligning these two, the experience becomes more fun and impactful.
One of the aspects that I love about Big Brothers Big Sisters Tucson is that they make it easy to be a Big. Often a big concern I hear is “What will I do with my little?” BBBS does a great job of providing monthly events where all you need to do is show up and have fun. Also, many places around town offer discounts for BBBS matches.
As a mentor, while you have a one-on-one relationship with your Little, you are not alone. Your program coordinator is a major resource, and so are the countless number of other Bigs that participate in the program.
Lastly, like any new endeavor, it is often easier to do it with someone else. So take the first step with a friend and attend an orientation session together.
How has becoming a Big Brother impacted you?
I could not be more satisfied with my decision to partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters as a mentor. In a short period of time, I have been provided the opportunity to build a strong relationship with a child in the Tucson community. Being a mentor has encouraged introspection, and has ultimately led to positive changes in my life.
If you could describe your Big Brother in one word what would it be?
Would you recommend getting a Big Brother to other kids in Tucson? Why?
Yes, it’s fun! And the person will have a lot of fun with you.
What has your Big Brother taught you?
Dillon taught me to be a better person. I used to talk back to my Mom and now I don’t, because we talked about it.