The local chapter will be reaping the rewards of a new partnership between the Ontario College Athletics Association and Big Brothers Big Sisters. The Fleming Knight’s basketball programs will be hosting an event Saturday (Feb 4) to raise funds and awareness for the Peterborough association.
All big and little brothers and sisters in the Peterborough area are invited to witness the Fleming Knights take on division rivals, Georgian College Grizzlies. Both the Fleming men’s and women’s teams will be wearing t-shirts that support the cause during warm up and donations at the door will go directly to assist in funding the local chapter and its programs.
“This is good for us,” says Samantha Parnell. “It’s great to have the Knights involved.”
Parnell is a case worker with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the staff member in charge of organizing the event on the association’s side. She hopes the event will not only draw attention to the work the organization does, but attract new volunteers by opening the eyes of some of the students from the college.
The event is hoping to host 25 “bigs and littles” from the area.
“It’s great that we can put on an event like this for them.”
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada is the leading child and youth serving organization in the country, providing mentoring through the partnering of at risk youth with adults to act as role models. Currently the organization supports more than 1,000 communities across the country and has 123 local agencies that provide the services of the national organization.
The OCAA has a deep history of connecting with non-profit organizations and this year has decided to throw the support of the association and the thousands of student athletes behind this cause. For the past two years the association and its affiliated college members have been conducting a breast and prostate cancer awareness campaign, bringing in more than $10,000 for the causes.
The Fleming women’s basketball team will hope to keep ahead of the lady Grizzlies with a win this Saturday. The Knights currently sit one spot ahead of the Griz in the standings with a game in hand. A loss by the Knights would put a spot in the playoffs at serious risk.
The men’s team, on the other hand, will be looking to make up ground against Georgian’s men’s team. The Grizzlies hold a three-game advantage over the Knights for the last playoff spot in the OCAA east division.
The event tips off with the women’s game at 1 p.m. while the men’s match will begin at 3 p.m.
For more information on the fundraiser or how to get involved with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peterborough, contact the local office at 705-743-6100.