Meet the match: Jose and Jesse

For the ninth consecutive year, New England’s World Champion Nose Tackle Vince Wilfork and The Safety Insurance 98.5 The Sports Hub New England Patriots Radio Network have teamed up with Mass Mentoring Partnership, to ensure that more young people are connected to caring adult mentors who will listen to them, stand by them and guide them. As a part of this initiative, Wilfork and 98.5 have extended invitations to mentor/mentee matches in the MMP network to attend a home game, and MMP chooses a match for each game based on the most compelling stories submitted. On game day, chosen matches are met by Bianca Wilfork and 98.5 The Sports Hub.

This is a highlight of a match that attended a home game this season.

10-year-old Jose Burgos attended his first-ever Patriots game on Nov. 11 with his mentor Jesse Lockwood. They've been matched almost two years through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay.

Jose had been dealing with tough personal issues when he was matched with Jesse. Over time though, Jesse has been able to provide stability and consistency in Jose's life.

"I strive to teach Jose patience and kindness all while maintaining a fun friendship," Jesse says. "I have seen his confidence grow tremendously over the last year alone."

Jesse says that his match relationship has taught him about responsibility, patience, and consideration. He feels that Jose has learned from him, too!

"I think Jose has learned trust, patience and appreciation," Jesse says. "He is always considerate when we go out. He counts on me to be there when I say I will, and I count on him to talk to and have fun with!"

Their favorite activities involve the outdoors - playing football, baseball and soccer. They've also toured Fenway, visited the aquarium and spend their time talking and having fun.

The two plan to stay in contact no matter what, and Jesse says he would love to be a permanent presence in Jose's life. In fact, their relationship has been so mutually beneficial that Jesse is now working on getting his other friends to become Big Brothers!

Concludes Jesse, "My wish for Jose is to do well in school and go to college."

As one of the largest adult-to-child mentoring organizations in the nation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay currently serves close to 2,000 youth in one-to-one relationships, with a service area encompassing 155 cities and towns throughout the Massachusetts Bay area. For more information: www.bbbsmb.org.