By Jaclyn Harris
January 19, 2013
As part of National Mentoring Month, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist brought 14 children on the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte waiting list to watch the Bobcats take on the Sacramento Kings on January 19 at Time Warner Cable Arena®.
Although he’s not a Big Brother himself, Kidd-Gilchrist is passionate about being involved with the program. This past holiday season, he made it a point to reach out to boys that had not yet been matched to a Big Brother and have been on the waiting list for two years. Sponsored by Jordan Brand, Kidd-Gilchrist supplied 14 boys with gift baskets that included backpacks, shoes and other items.
Senior Vice President of Programs at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte Greg Hood explained the program has over 300 kids on the waiting list and if a mentor has not been found in two years, the child is removed from the waiting list.
Currently, the program is seeking out Big Brother matches, and that is where Kidd-Gilchrist comes in.
“Michael has a real sweet spot for Big Brothers Big Sisters,” said Kim Henderson, Vice President of Community Relations and Executive Director of the CatsCare Foundation. “When Michael Kidd-Gilchrist heard about so many young boys that do not actually have mentors and are on a waiting list, he really wanted to do something special for them. Hopefully some folks will sign up to take these boys and become mentors for them.”
Dale Allen, Sports Marketing Director of Jordan Brand, is very supportive of Kidd-Gilchrist getting involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte.
“He (Kidd-Gilchrist) wants to make sure that he is not only perceived as an athlete, but is perceived as someone who cares about the things that happen in the community with the team that he’s endorsed by,” said Allen. “He wanted to get involved immediately when he got to Charlotte.”
Added Hood, “It was great of Michael to think of us and think of the kids and again. If they get a chance to help their self-esteem, to feel special, I think that’s great. Michael has stepped up to the challenge. He believes highly in the mission.”