Only 16 teams may compete at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl For Kids’ Sake annual fund-raiser March 3 at Payson Bowl.
With 42 high school mentors making teams of five to six people, finding a space will be a challenge, but the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization knows the community will rise to the occasion.
“People make it a party,” said Robert Henley, a member of the organization’s staff, “Some people dress in costumes.”
The event runs from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. with each team playing two games. Every participant receives a T-shirt. Bowling shoes and ball are provided.
“DJ Craig will be the emcee, master of ceremonies and play music,” said Henley.
This year marks the 12th annual event. Usually the event has four sessions, but this time, there will only be one session — which limits the number of teams.
Big Brothers Big Sisters asks that each bowler gather at least $35 in pledges, but they hope for at least $50 per participant.
Designed to benefit the children of Payson, Big Brothers Big Sisters hopes for meaningful support from Rim Country residents.
“Top bowlers have brought in $2,000,” said Henley.
Proceeds from the event go toward funding the professional management of the organization. Each match of a child (little) with a mentor (big) requires hours of interviews with participants and families. A background check is done on the adults.
After each little and big meet each other, the match is monitored to make sure it goes well.
“Without professional oversight, the program would not work,” said Henley.
Since Henley started with Big Brothers Big Sisters, the number of students participating has grown from 15 to 180 this year.
“This program offers measurable results,” said Henley.
“Kids don’t do drugs and have better grades because they have a positive role model in their life.”
If interested in participating, please call Robert Henley at (928) 472-4600.