FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The Fort Wayne TinCaps and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana will recognize Sierra Brooks, a local high school senior and one of 10 national Rising Star Students program winners, with an on-field check presentation and ceremonial first pitch on Saturday, June 1 before the team plays the Great Lakes Loons at Parkview Field at 7:05 p.m.
Williams will receive a college stipend as part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Rising Star Students program. The award honors high-achieving students involved in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America mentorship program who are preparing for college.
Sierra, who is set to graduate from South Side High School in Fort Wayne next week, plans to attend Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and major in criminal justice. Brooks says she doesn't believe in being lazy and strives to make every minute of her day count by being involved at school, playing softball, and working a part-time job. With the influence of her Big Sister, Amanda, Sierra feels ready to tackle her future in college and in the workplace.
Winners were nominated by their respective Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies and were required to submit descriptions of their academic and personal achievements, college and career goals, and how their involvement in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program has impacted their lives. Currently serving as a "Big" or "Little" in Big Brothers Big Sisters was an eligibility requirement for the award.
"Big Brothers Big Sisters does amazing work in our community and around the nation," said TinCaps President Mike Nutter. "Sierra is a perfect example of how BBBS can develop young people into our future leaders. We can't wait to celebrate Sierra at Parkview Field."
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has been an MiLB Charity Partner since the program's inception in 2004. The mission of the Minor League Baseball Charity Partners Program is to provide national exposure for participating charities, expand current relationships between clubs and local chapters and to foster new relationships where none exist. In 2018, MiLB and its teams contributed more than $45 million to communities internationally.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of America:
Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity with strong, enduring, professionally supported oneto-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Big Brothers Big Sisters ensures that the children in its program achieve measurable outcomes, including educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships. This mission has been the cornerstone of the organization's 114-year history. With nearly 300 affiliates across the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters has served more than 2 million children ("Littles") in the past 10 years.
For more information on Big Brothers Big Sisters, visit http://www.bbbs.org/
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