Anthony and Ramiro have been matched since 2014, when Ramiro was only 12 years old. Anthony and Ramiro were first matched in Sports Buddies regularly attending 2 events per month. After 7 months in Sports Buddies, Anthony and Ramiro transitioned to Sports Buddies Plus in order to see each other more often and deepen their relationship. Anthony and Ramiro’s favorite activity together is basketball. Ramiro says Anthony takes the time to teach him the game and how to better his individual skill. Anthony, who is now shorter than his 16 year old little, says he enjoys helping Ramiro with his passion. Anthony has also found joy in watching Ramiro grow mentally and emotionally, claiming, “Seeing him grow, has made me grow, and being a mentor has made me a better person.” Anthony now has a child of his own and has made it clear to Ramiro that he is going to have a Big Brother role to play as well.
Ramiro equally enjoys the irony of being Anthony’s “little” and says the best part about being matched is just simply hanging out. Since being matched with Anthony, Ramiro’s grades have improved from B’s and C’s to A’s and his family has expressed to Anthony how respectful he is and how proud they are of the young man he is becoming. Lauhra, Ramiro’s mom, attributes these changes in Ramiro to the influence Anthony has had on his life and couldn’t be more thankful to Anthony and BBBS. Anthony has been an excellent role model throughout Ramiro’s pivotal teenage years and there’s no doubt that they will be connected for a life.
In 2018, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado is turning 100 years old and celebrating 100 years of mentoring in Colorado! We will be sharing 100 stories to commemorate our 100 years of history. These stories will highlight the value and importance of mentoring in the lives of current and alumni Littles, Bigs, families, and community partners. Check out our blog each week to view the next story in the series. If you have a story you would like to share, please visit our story collection portal at:https://form.jotform.com/73046559388166.