Meet the Match: Johnny and Derek

Big Brother: Johnny
Little Brother: Derek
Match Date: 8/25/2017

At first glance, it’s hard to tell that Johnny and Derek were matched only six months ago. Although 13-year-old Derek was initially hesitant about becoming a Little Brother, he decided to give the program a try and quickly opened up to his Big Brother, Johnny.

Johnny heard about Big Brothers Big Sisters from a friend and felt he had the time to volunteer and be a role model. With Johnny’s patience and openness as a catalyst, the sports-loving duo grew close over a short period of time. Derek even felt compelled to write a letter to Johnny last winter to express his gratitude for their genuine bond.

Johnny and Derek found common interest in their love for watching—and playing—sports.

Johnny took Derek to his first professional hockey game; right away, Derek became an avid fan of the Anaheim Ducks. At an Angels game last season, Johnny gave Derek a brand-new team shirt to sport. One of their favorite outings is to go to Buffalo Wild Wings to watch football over game-day food. When Derek plays in soccer games, Johnny stands on the sidelines to cheer him on.

The two athletes also enjoy Boomer’s, where they play miniature golf and hit baseballs in the batting cages. With Johnny’s encouragement, Derek conquered his fear of heights and made it to the top of the rock climbing wall. They make frequent trips to Knott’s Berry Farm; and Johnny gave Derek a pass for Christmas to ensure many more outings to the thrilling theme park. Whether riding roller coasters or spectating in the stands of an ice rink, Johnny will always be Derek’s biggest supporter.

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