April 7, 2013
On Saturday afternoon, after participating in its scrimmage at Neyland Stadium, the University of Tennessee football team met with nearly 100 children from Big Brothers, Big Sisters of East Tennessee.
The team is helping a the local non-profit raise awareness for the need for more male volunteers and helped to kickstart the campaign called `Man Up - Real Men Mentor.'
The campaign is aimed at attracting more male volunteers. Nearly 65 percent of the children waiting for mentors are boys, but only two out of every ten inquiries about volunteering come from men.
The Man Up campaign launches this month with volunteers and staff members reaching out to partner organizations and businesses to help the agency recruit men to serve as role models to children who are waiting for a Big Brother.
For more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee, visit www.TennesseeBig.org or call (865) 523-2179.