More than 50 people rappelled down the Hilton Downtown Tampa last Saturday at Over the Edge to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay’s youth mentoring programs.
Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, Police Chief Brian Dugan, and Bay area team mascots were just a few of the 55 “Edgers” who rappelled for a good cause. Each Edger raised $1,500, which is the cost of supporting one Big & Little “match” for one year in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay’s programs.
“A lot of our kids need that special adult in their life,” says Stephen Koch, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay. “When our kids have been matched for a year with our volunteer, we see their confidence level soaring, their grades improve.”
The need for volunteer mentors, or Bigs, has never been greater. Children in our community are facing increased stress and social isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mentoring relationships protect against the harmful effects of stress and build resilience among children.
Funds raised from Over the Edge will take 65 kids off their waiting list of over 650 who want to have a Big Brother or Big Sister.