50 Spots Available for Littles in NFL Play 60 Character Camp at FedEx Field

The National Football League(NFL) has partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters to hold 50 spots this year for Littles in our program for the NFL PLAY 60 CHARACTER CAMP!

The mission of the NFL PLAY 60 Character Camp is to make a positive impact on youth through teaching football skills, emphasizing exercise, and reinforcing the importance of character in athletics and in life!

Date: Friday, August 12th
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Registration starts at 9:30 AM
Location: FedEx Field, 1600 Fedex Way, Landover, MD 20785

Only children between the ages of 8-13 can participate in the camp. To sign up your Little for the camp, please have the parent/legal guardian fill out the waiver that is included in the email from Big Brothers Big Sisters, and email to Wilson here by Monday, August 1st.

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Reserve your FREE Tickets to DC Breeze Professional Ultimate Frisbee Playoff Game

Date: Saturday, July 16th
Game Time: 6:30 PM
Pre-Game/Youth Clinic: 5:00 PM
Location: Hotchkiss Field – Gallaudet University
800 Florida Ave NE, Washington DC 20002

The DC Breeze, Washington’s Professional Ultimate Team for the American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL), has generously donated 100 tickets for our Bigs and Littles in the National Capital Area to attend their 2016 playoff game on July 16th at Gallaudet University! Your Little will have an opportunity to witness the best in the game for Ultimate Frisbee!

Come early to enjoy food, drinks, and a live band during the pre-game festivities! Your Little will also have an opportunity to learn from the professionals in a free youth clinic during the pre-game festivities. You and your Little can also get a chance to welcome the DC Breeze starting lineup in the game launching High-Five Line!!!

Tickets may be picked up at Will Call the day of the event.

To reserve your tickets, you MUST RSVP to Wilson here by July 5th if you’re interested in the youth clinic for your Little or participating in the High-Five Line. Please provide your name and your Little’s name. Please provide your name and your Little’s name.

If only interested in tickets to the game, please RSVP to Wilson by July 12th.

Note: The youth clinic has very limited spots. All youth interested in youth clinic must be between ages 6-17. Your youth must have the below waiver signed by the parent/legal guardian if they wish to participate in the clinic.

The waiver can be found here.

To learn more about the DC Breeze, click here.

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FREE Tickets Available for Barbershop: The Next Cut Movie

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the National Capital Area has 20 FREE tickets available to matches for a showing of Barbershop: The Next Cut on Sunday, April 10th at 2 PM at the AMC – Hoffman theater in Alexandria, VA

Tickets are first come-first serve. Please email Mirna Quiroga here to reserve your tickets.

The address for the movie theater is:
206 Swamp Fox Road
Alexandria, VA 22314

Barbershop: The Next Cut is rated PG-13. For more information on the movie, click here.

FREE Tickets to spring show at Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre

Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre in Arlington is offering FREE tickets to area matches for their performance of La Bayadère Act 3 – Kingdom of the Shades – and Other Works on May 22nd at 3 PM. This will also include a behind the scenes educational program starting at 1:30 PM. To reserve tickets, email Mirna Quiroga here by May 18th. Tickets will be available for pick up at the theatre on the day of the performance.

The address for the Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre is:

125 S. Old Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22204

Below is more information about the performances:

La Bayadère, Act III – The Kingdom of the Shades
Created in the late 19th century, this ballet tells the story of a bayadère (temple dancer) named Nikita who falls in love with a prince. The prince, however; is pledged to Gamzatti, a princess who conspires with the temple Brahmin to kill Nikita using a poisonous snake! Upon Nikita’s death, the prince slips into an opium-induced dream and enters The Kingdom of the Shades. The third act of La Bayadère, often referred to as The Kingdom of the Shades, is amongst the most celebrated and poignant scenes in all of classical ballet.

Concerto Grosso #1
With music by Ernest Bloch, this work is a neo-classical gem. The ballet is a tour-de-force of seven women, choreographed by Tyrone Brooks, former Dance Theatre of Harlem principal dancer and current artistic director of Tallahassee Ballet.

Gâité Parisienne

Choreographed by BalletNova’s Associate Artistic Director Constance Walsh, this original work is set to the famous Offenbach score. The ballet captures the “adventures” of the many colorful guests who visit a Paris café. And yes, there is a Can-Can!

Guest Artist GinDance performs exerpts from Lost and Found
GinDance Artistic Director Shu-Chen Cuff delves into basic human instincts to continually chase our dreams and desires, often at the expense of or overlooking what we already have.

2016 BBBS Battle of the Beltways Bowl for Kids Sake Fundraising Event set for May 6th

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Come out and support Big Brothers Big Sisters of the National Capital Area as they partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake for the 2016 Battle of the Beltways Bowl for Kids Sake fundraising event on Friday, May 6th, 2016 at Bowlmor Rockville.

All money raised at this event will go towards matching children with Bigs in Maryland, D.C., and Northern Virginia. Your support at this event can help BBBS raise the money to match a Big with a Little for an entire year! There are hundreds of children in the area that are waiting to be matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister. Mentors provide one-on-one support, friendship and guidance that all children need and many do not receive.

Sign up as part of a team of 6 or as an individual and BBBS will place you on a team!

All team members will receive two FREE games of bowling (shoe and ball rental included), a Bowl for Kids Sake T-shirt, food, drinks and chance to win door prizes.

Bowlmor Rockville is located at 15720 Shady Grove Road in Gaithersburg, MD.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available for individuals or companies.
Can’t attend? Make a donation instead and help sponsor a Big/Little match in our community.

For more information on the event, click here.

Register for PROGRESS Speak Up! Conference

The Program for Research and Outreach on Gender Equality in Society (PROGRESS) will partner with Deloitte for the second consecutive year to host a one-day conference, Speak Up!, to teach women and middle school girls the art of negotiation.  This event will take place on Saturday, February 27th from 9am-2pm at Deloitte’s Arlington office. Lunch will also be provided.

PROGRESS is on a mission to eliminate the wage gap between women and men.  We believe that exposing girls to negotiation skills at an early age through Speak Up! will help achieve this goal and pay huge dividends in the participants’ lives. 

This is a great learning opportunity for littles and Big Sisters are encouraged to attend with their littles so they can participate in this interactive session together.

Space is limited.  If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Rukia Malipula here by February 22nd. Also, please have your little’s parent complete the permission slip included in the email from Big Brothers Big Sisters and bring with you on the day of the event.

Deloitte – Arlington Office
1919 N. Lynn Street
Arlington, VA 22209

For more information on PROGRESS, please click here.

International Spy Museum Workshop for Youth Interested in Intelligence Career

Do you have a middle or high school-aged little who is interested in a career in intelligence?

Come to the International Spy Museum on Tuesday, February 23rd from 4:30-5:30 PM for a workshop led by Malcom W. Nance, a counter-terrorism and terrorism intelligence expert with a wide-ranging field and combat experience. This a FREE workshop and advance registration is required.

For more information and to register, click here.

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Trip to the National Air and Space Museum and Planetarium

Join area matches for a trip to the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC to see the IMAX showing of Journey to the Stars on Saturday, January 30th at 2 PM. The show is entertaining and appropriate for all ages. Below is a description of the movie:

Journey to the Stars Description:
Witness the life and death of stars in our sky, including our own sun. Extraordinary images captured by telescopes on Earth and in space, combined with stunning never-before-seen images of physics-based simulations, will launch you through time and space for an incredible trek through our night sky. Tour stellar formations, explore new celestial mysteries and discover the fascinating story that connects us all to the stars. Those who come along for the journey may never see the sky in the same way again. Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg.

Space is limited, so please RSVP to Adriane here by January 20th for a ticket for you and your little. Please provide your name and email/phone number.

For more information on this show, click here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

FREE Desktop Computers for BBBS

Cox Communications has generously donated 105 desktop computers to our littles.  The desktops are gently used, come with a mouse, keyboard and monitor and a Microsoft Office products suite.

To claim your FREE desktop, you must agree to these conditions:

  1. The Big and the Little, or the family of the little, MUST pick up the computer from Cox Communications on December 19th, between 11am-2pm.  The address is: 3080 Centreville Road Herndon, VA  20171.  There will be pictures taken.
  2. The Big and Little MUST agree to participate in an upcoming BBBS computer literacy program from the comfort of their own home. (More Information to come regarding this program)

The computers are available on a first come, first serve basis.  Please RSVP to Wilson here by Thursday, December 17th @ 12 PM.

2016 Todd Miller Scholarship Information

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of the National Capital Area is now taking applications for the 2016 Todd Miller Scholarship. High school students, who are littles in the program, and will be graduating in 2016 are eligible to be considered for this scholarship. Applications are due March 1st, 2016.

Please send completed applications to:
Denise Williams, Vice President of Programs
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the National Capital Area
10210 Greenbelt Road
Suite 900
Lanham, MD 20706

For more information on this scholarship and applications requirements, please refer to the email sent from BBBS of the National Capital Area.