June 5, 2012
Rice University's athletic department has been honored by the local chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters as one of its 2012 Partners of the Year.
Big Brothers Big Sisters annually recognizes universities, companies, churches and board members who continually demonstrate their belief in the organization's mission to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring 1-to-1 relationships. The nominations go through an objective process based solely on the merits of the partnership with BBBS to provide mentors to more Houston kids.
Rice was honored as the 2012 Community Partner of the Year. Other honorees are Faith Based Partner of the Year - Kids Hope USA; Board Member of the Year - Mary Murray; and Corporate Partner of the Year - JP Chase Morgan.
"This honor could not be possible without the tremendous support of the donors to the Rice 100 program," states Marc Laney, Rice assistant athletic director/development. "Thanks to their contributions, we have been able to partner with Big Brothers, Big Sisters to make a positive impact on a terrific group of young adults. This is just a first step and there is so much more that we can do. We are committed to growing Rice 100 in order to expand our reach and impact even more lives."
The Owls' athletic department was recognized for an excellent job in promoting the Big Brothers Big Sisters mission and vision among its student body and staff. Rice has contributed tickets through the Rice 100 program to football and basketball home games. Owl football players led Little Brothers on a campus tour and talked to them about the importance of education. Student-athletes have also played football with Little Brothers and Rice coaches have met with Big Brothers to talk about the challenges of being role models to young men.
Rice will honor Big Brothers Big Sisters students who are graduating from high school this year on Wednesday, June 6 at 6:00 pm. Graduates, their parents and mentors will gather at McNair Hall on the Rice University campus, located on 6100 Main Street.