Archery has benefited not only this family, but also the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma. On March 14, Archery Outpost in Tulsa, Oklahoma, reserved its remodeled indoor range for what owner Scott Keck called a huge payoff. That is, the store helped some volunteers make a difference in the lives of several young people.
What is BBBS?
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma matches at-risk youths with caring adult mentors. Big-little pairs meet a few hours each month, and the meetings are priceless. A BBBS study found that once these youths spend about 18 months around their mentor, they’re less likely to skip school, hit someone, or use alcohol or illegal drugs.
“BBBS is one of the best programs dedicated to being a positive influence on so many young people,” Keck said.
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What motivated Archery Outpost to get involved with BBBS?
“I went to a BBBS fundraiser and learned of the expense incurred by mentors,” Keck said. “BBBS mentors are always looking for positive activities to participate in with their ‘littles,’ but most activities aren’t free.”
Keck saw an opportunity to introduce mentors and their “littles” to archery’s fun and excitement. Archery Outpost contacted the local BBBS program and donated its facility, instructors, equipment, program and refreshments for as many BBBS pairs who wanted to attend.
This one-hour introduction attracted 54 adults and youths to the store’s archery range, making the event a huge success. Keck hopes to host the event annually, and expand it to include other mentoring programs. “I hope one day there are enough ‘littles’ participating in the National Archery in the Schools Program for us to host a scoring tournament,” Keck said. “What a way to improve their confidence and self-esteem!”
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