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Sports Buddies 

Why sit on the sidelines, when you can get in the game? Guys, Sports Buddies is a great way to get involved in mentoring by doing what you love to do: play ball, shoot hoops, run the bases, or go fishing. Sports Buddies is a chance for Bigs and Littles to enjoy sports together. Sports teach life skills, goal setting, character, and sportsmanship.


  Here’s how Sports Buddies works:

Fill out an application and complete the interview.


Once you’re matched, you and your Little will spend one outing each month participating in a sport together and another, watching your favorite sport. (Tickets are often complimentary or at reduced rate. Lots of teams in the Tampa Bay area support Sports Buddies!)


Check out special events, click here.


Call 813.769.3600 or click here and let us know you want to get in the game.


 Donate Your Tickets!

Can't make the game? It's easy for you to donate your tickets. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have teamed up with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay so that our Bigs and Littles can experience the excitement of a Buccaneers football game. Just go to the Bucs website and log on to your Buccaneers Account Manager. Then select the games you can't attend, click donate to charity and follow the steps. A donor receipt will be mailed to you--and you'll make a local child really happy!



Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Mike Alstott is a proud supporter of our Sports Buddies program. He hosts an annual event that includes games, sports drills and fun for Bigs and Littles. Not only do our Littles learn some of the fundamentals of the game, they also spend time with Alstott talking about sports and life.


USF fans, share your passion for the green and gold  with kids in the community! USF is partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay. The non-profit agency provides caring adult mentors (called ‘Bigs) to kids (called ‘Littles’) who need positive role models in their lives. Volunteers spend one-on-one time with a child enjoying activities they might not have experienced…like watching their favorite hometown team! Help them get in the game by purchasing tickets through the special USF/Big Brothers Big Sisters Fundraising program. Sponsorship ticket packages start at $100; a portion of the proceeds will go to our agency. Bigs and Littles will have a chance to go on the field, and sponsors will receive special recognition during the game, too. We’re kicking things off with the Big Brothers Big Sisters Appreciation game August 30th against Western Carolina, and ticket packages are available all season long. Want to know more? Download this form or contact Tim Riva 813.974.7303, Go Bulls—and Big Brothers Big Sisters!


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