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YBBBS Child of the Week: Daniel

Meet Daniel. He is one of more than a hundred kids, primarily boys, who are waiting to be matched with a Big Brother, Big Sister or Family Match. Daniel is 5 years old and in kindergarten. He likes the outdoors and enjoys exploring in the woods and fishing. He likes to throw the football, hang out at the park, go bowling and play soccer. And he thinks it's fun to go to Freedom Station.

Daniel likes school. His favorite subject is basketball and his least favorite subject is math. He says he has a good friend at school and he likes his teacher. When he grows up, Daniel wants to be a policeman.

Daniel is being raised by his grandparents. They signed him up for a Big Brother because they think it would do him good to spend some one-on-one time with a guy who shares his love of the outdoors and who is active and into sports. His grandmother thinks that a Big Brother would be able to encourage Daniel and teach him how to work hard and not give up easily.

You don't have to change your life to change the life of a young person like Daniel. Just a few hours a couple of times a month is enough to make a difference. Research shows that kids matched with a "Big" are almost 40 percent less likely to get arrested compared to other kids their age. Matched children are also less likely to skip a day of school or begin using illegal drugs and alcohol.

Want to do even more to help kids like Daniel? Sign up to be part of Bowl for Kids' Sake 2012 - Yavapai County's largest campaign for kids. It's not about bowling; it's about having fun and helping kids. Teams are still bowling through May. Sign up today by calling 778-5135, or visit www.azbigs.org.

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