PAUL AND KATIE
After Paul’s dad was incarcerated, his
mom reached out to Big Brothers Big
Sisters to find Paul a mentor, hoping it
would give him someone to look up to
and to confide in. Paul shares a lot in
common with his Big Brother, Michael.
They have been matched nearly three
years now enjoying sports, eating out,
and spending genuine time together
— including the 10.10 Penguins game.
Katie just recently got involved in Big
Brothers Big Sisters so she could have
the opportunity to experience things
with a positive role model outside of
her family. Katie has been a Penguins
fan since birth and even knew all of
the players’ names and numbers! Katie
is looking forward to making more
memories with her Big Sister, Miranda.
Over the years, the Penguins
Foundation has supported Big
Brothers Big Sisters through Penguins
Foundation Grants, and on 10.10,
invited Paul, Katie and their Bigs to
the game where they were featured
on-ice riding the Zambonis! During
the 10th anniversary season, the
Penguins Foundation is celebrating
extraordinary kids like Paul and
Katie and thanking all Bigs for
being role models to their Littles.
Charleston Thunder Sled Hockey was
established in 2014 by Linda Streets
and started with only five players.
Last season they had 15 little athletes
expanding their horizons and enjoying
time on the ice together as a team,
one of them being Linda’s grandson,
Bryson. Bryson loves hockey and
travels with other teams just to get
more opportunities to be on the ice.
When Bryson visited the Penguins
Foundation for a Penguins Foundation
Grant presentation, he shared
that he was a big Penguins fan
but had never been to a game.
The Foundation was touched by
Bryson’s dedication to hockey and
his entire family’s commitment to
making the game more accessible.
On 10.10, the Penguins Foundation
invited Bryson to his first-ever
Penguins game for an experience that
many kids only dream of. Bryson’s
family made the four-hour drive to
Pittsburgh for Bryson to be our Jr.
Starter where he would be on the
blue line next to the Penguins for the
National Anthem. During the 10th
anniversary season, the Foundation
is celebrating hockey players like
Bryson who work hard in order to grow
in the game and reach their goals.
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