Monday, June 11, 2012

Cincinnati Reds + Nick Lachey= One great day for Big Brothers Big Sisters


TV and recording star--and Cincinnati native--Nick Lachey spends time with Big Sister Melia Cadir and her Little Sister Kyleigh. The two are from Lawrenceburg and are paired Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati mentoring program. This trio met at Big Brothers Big Sisters Day at the Reds. Lachey led the crowd in singing "Take Me Out To The Ball Game," and talked with broadcaster Marty Brennaman on 700WLW about the experience of being a volunteer Big Brother.

It was a great day to be a kid, no matter your age, when the Reds took on the Astros on Big Brothers Big Sisters Day.
The Cincinnati Reds teamed up with Tri-State Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies to raise funds for them—and also treated some of children and their mentors to a day at Great American Ball Park.

The Reds offered special seats and reduced prices, with part of the proceeds benefiting the mentoring agencies. Several of the “Little Brothers” and “Little Sisters” were invited onto the field with their “Big Brothers” and “Big Sisters,” and met Cincinnati Reds players as well as mascots.

TV and recording star Nick Lachey, a long-time Big Brother himself, served as honorary captain of the game and talked with Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman on 700 WLW about the experience and encouraged others to volunteer. Lachey then headed to the Big Brothers Big Sisters section of the ball park and led the crowd in singing “Take Me Out ToThe Ball Game.” Big Sister Melia Cadir and her Little Sister Kyleigh, both of Lawrenceburg, were excited to meet Lachey. Cadir says, “It was a big surprise to see him. It’s great that he’s hands on and devotes his time to Big Brothers Big Sisters. He was super nice and really approachable. It was an unforgettable experience and I feel blessed to have that opportunity.”

Kathy List, President & CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati—one of the agency’s involved in the event—was thrilled that the Reds offered this opportunity, saying, “A huge ‘thank you’ to the Cincinnati Reds from the hundreds of volunteers and children across Ohio, Indiana and Northern Kentucky who were able to participate in ‘Big Brothers Big Sisters Day” at the ball park. We are grateful for community partners who understand and support our mission.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies are on a mission to help children become successful in school and in life. Adult volunteer mentors are paired with youngsters who can benefit from having a positive adult role model. For information about becoming involved, call 513-421-4120 or visit