Time for another profile of our Starting Lineup – the matches who will appear on the field during our Mentoring Night at Fenway on June 2nd! Representing Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County, mentee Paul and mentor Nick will yell “play ball!” at the start of the game.
Paul is a bright and energetic 9 year old who was recently adopted from foster care. Paul has experienced some hardship in his life, and he has struggled in school as a result. His mother, Beth, realized after she adopted him that she didn’t have a strong male role model for Paul.
Enter Nick, a 28-year-old who works in IT and aspires to open his own business. After returning from a year-long trip through South America, Nick signed up to become a Big Brother, and was matched with Paul in September 2014.
In the eight months since Paul and Nick met, the pair has bonded over their mutual love of sports. They play outdoors in good weather, and when they are unable to play catch or run around they go bowling or see movies. Their bowling skill was on display at the BBBS Bowl for Kids’ Sake event, where Program Services Supervisor Jessie Cooley saw them “smiling and laughing together the whole time”.
The pair has a lot of fun, but others in their orbit have noticed the positive influence Nick has had on Paul. Beth, Paul’s adoptive mother, shared with her case manager that “Nick is such a positive role model. He has a positive attitude, spirit, and standards, and he is just such a cheerful, good guy. It’s so great for Paul to have him in his life.” Cooley describes Paul and Nick as one of the agency’s “favorite” matches, adding that “we believe these two will be friends for a long time, and we love having them in our program!”
Keep an eye (and an ear) out for Paul and Nick during Mentoring Night at Fenway. In addition to Paul and Nick, almost 1,000 matches will cheer on the Sox. Look out for us at Fenway or on NESN, and follow #MentoringNight to see more from the matches!