It’s time to dust off those bowling shoes - or rent a pair if they’re missing from your closet. Bowling teams are now forming to participate in “Bowl for Kids’ Sake,” sponsored by the 2009 Leadership Stephenville Class.

The event is aimed at raising money for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program the class is working to bring to Stephenville.

“We have an awesome opportunity in front of us. It is our chance to make a positive impact in the lives of children,” said Clayre Messenger, leadership class president.

Bowling teams will consist of five to six members, with each team member asked to raise a minimum of $100 in sponsorships. The event will take place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 13 at Lone Star Lanes.

“Bowl for Kid’s Sake” is an annual Big Brothers Big Sisters community event that is a bowl-a-thon where participants secure sponsors, then come to the event to enjoy a large bowling party. Twenty million dollars have been raised nationwide through this effort.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a program that matches children age six-18 with volunteer mentors in professionally supported one-to-one relationships. The match between a “Big” and “Little” is established through extensive recruiting, screening, safety monitoring and supported by a degreed social worker who is hired locally. There are no restrictions or requirements for a child to enroll in the program.

Parents provide information about their child’s strengths and needs, and approve the selection of the big brother or big sister. Once the match is made, parents remain closely involved.

Matches come together through two essential programs:

Community-based mentoring: For as little as an hour a week, “Bigs” and “Littles” meet in their community to share fun activities, stories and a little bit about themselves. 

School-based mentoring: “Bigs” and “Littles” meet once a week in schools, libraries and community centers to talk and have fun. It’s not about being a tutor, it’s about being a friend.

“I am so excited to see this organization come to Stephenville,” said Treva Wygle, Stephenville BBBS board vice president. “In a time when there are so many broken families, there is a great need for children to have good role models in their lives and extra love and support. Big Brothers Big Sisters makes a way for our community to outreach on a grander scale to help and support our local youth in a life-changing way.” 

For more information about the program or bowling event, call the Chamber of Commerce at 254-965-5313.