For the second time in seven days the Chiefs Women’s Organization was out and about serving the Kingdom. Last week, the CWO filled backpacks with food for local children to take home on the weekends to combat hunger. This week, the CWO visited the Sea Life Aquarium with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City. (Photo Gallery)
“The CWO partnered with BBBS of Greater Kansas City, specifically 30 Big and Little pairs, and spent an evening at the Sea Life Aquarium,” Anne Scharf, Chiefs staff member explained. “CWO participants were matched with ‘bigs’ and ‘littles’ and enjoyed quality one-on-one time with these young ladies while exploring the aquarium.”
BBBS of Greater Kansas City currently serves over 1,600 children each year covering parts of the Missouri and Kansas counties. This organization pairs a child with an adult role model. Through these one-on-one relationships, trust is built and friendships blossom between the child and their mentor.
“We know that the kids in our program do better in school, they stay out of trouble, get better grades and have higher self-esteem because they have an extra friend in their life,” Erica Ostroski said, Director of Special Events for BBBS. “That’s what our program is all about, being a friend.”
CWO members were thrilled to be paired with “bigs” and “littles” for the evening. Courtney Cambric is a CWO member and is also a part of the BBBS organization in Nashville, Tennessee.
“I’m already a part of BBBS in Nashville so I thought it was a great event to come here and pair with them…It’s been great working with the CWO, it’s really rewarding to give back and be able to spend time with other people and do something like this. We walked around with the kids and they had a great time and it really means a lot to them.”
Ostroski explained that the “littles” who participated in the event are from the BBBS’s traditional program.
“The kids here tonight come from our traditional program which is kids ranging from eight to thirteen who come from single parent homes who just need and want an extra friend and positive influence in their lives.”
BBBS of Greater Kansas City was the beneficiary of the 2012 Chiefs charity game; raising $550,000 for their organization. This was the first time the CWO partnered with the BBBS and they look forward to working with them in the future.
“The Kansas City Chiefs are thrilled to continue a partnership with BBBS and are excited to have this opportunity to engage with Big and Little pairs in such a personal way. It was wonderful to watch both CWO and BBBS participants have so much fun with this event tonight,” Scharf commented.
The CWO will be attending Sunday’s game, which is themed pink for Breast Cancer Awareness month. The CWO will be passing out pink ribbons on the south side of the stadium at gates F, D, and the Tower Gate.