ATLANTA — Kumho Tire USA Inc. helped the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta (BBBSMA) celebrate the 2020 National Mentoring Month by sending a Big Brother and Little Brother to see a professional basketball game — during the time when sports across the country were still being played.
Big Brother mentor Jake Foote, and Jordan, his Little Brother, not only were able to sit courtside and watch the National Basketball Association's Atlanta Hawks practice, but they also received an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City in January to watch the Hawks take on the Brooklyn Nets.
The outing included a two-night stay at the team hotel, a special dining experience for the group and tickets for the pair and two guests to the Hawks-Nets game on Jan.12.
Mr. Foote and Jordan learned of winning the trip while attending the Jan. 4 Hawks home game against the Indianapolis Pacers. For the past two years, Atlanta-based Kumho has honored a mentor who has gone above and beyond to make the mentoring experience an engaging one for his Little Brother.
During the game, John Collins of the Hawks, also a Big Brother, appeared on the video screen in the arena to announce that the pair had been selected to attend the game in New York City.
Shawn Denlein, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Kumho, said the BBBSMA "makes such an impact on our youth by creating hope and vision. Partnering with the Hawks to provide an experience for Jake Foote and his Little Brother Jordan is a way for us to create positivity in the Atlanta community, and we look forward to the continued partnership with BBBSMA."
Kwame Johnson, BBBSMA President and CEO, said he is looking forward "to the continued impact we will make together in the Atlanta community."