NU Alumni Team (L-R) Diana Garcia, James Cuff, Ana Garay, Jeremy Hargrave, Virginia Haralson and Natasha Elder
CEDAR HILL, TX – Northwood University had a blast participating in Ellis County’s Big Brothers and Big Sisters Bowl for Kids’ Sake at Hilltop Super Bowl in Waxahachie. Participants were treated to two free games of bowling, CiCi’s Pizza and a drink, a BBBS shirt, a door prize raffle and a souvenir team photo for each member of the team.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ellis County is a donor-supported, volunteer youth-mentoring organization. The program has been placing caring adults in the lives of children in one-to-one mentoring relationships since 1927. Through the positive impact of those friendships, children with a Big Brother or Big Sister are more likely to graduate from high school and are less likely to begin using drugs, alcohol or engage in negative conflict.
This is the fifth year for Bowl for Kids’ Sake, which is a bowl-a-thon that the Northwood community loves to participate in each year. One hundred percent of the dollars raised by bowlers went to the children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters in Waxahachie, Red Oak, Midlothian and throughout Ellis County.
Students, faculty, staff and alumni worked together to raise money for the event and were ecstatic when they discovered they raised just over $5,000 for the organization, leading them to win the College/University trophy for raising the most money for BBBS. Even more surprising was the perfect score of 300 that was accomplished by NU alum James Cuff.
“Words can’t express our sincere appreciation for your help in making our 5th annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake a BIG success”, said Diana Phillips, Big Sister and Regional Executive Director. The next Bowl For Kids’ Sake is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 and the Knights can’t wait to participate again.
”Bowl for Kids’ Sake was a fantastic opportunity for the Northwood University family to give back to the community in a fun and energetic atmosphere. The alumni team had a great time, and the event even inspired the Texas Alumni Leadership Council to host its own bowl-a-thon later this year. We are so thankful that Big Brothers Big Sisters allowed us to be a part of such a wonderful occasion and we are looking forward to participating again in 2014,”said Natasha Elder, Director of Alumni Relations.