Growing up, Big Sister Roxiann had an amazing stepmother who helped her realize how important it was to have a role model in her life. Knowing how much that relationship meant to her, Roxiann decided she wanted to give back. She got involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern PA and was matched with her Little Brother, Travis, more than 10 years ago.
Over the years, the two of them did everything from sporting and cultural events to even doing their homework together when Roxiann went back to school to further her education. Travis said his favorite memories are “Roxiann coming to my games and cheering me on.” There’s no question that Roxiann broadened Travis’ horizons. “She took me places I had never been, we just enjoyed spending time together,” Travis stated.
When asked what Roxiann would tell others about being a Big, she told us, “I don’t think you can begin to tell someone the satisfaction and excitement they will feel as they watch their Little grow. I don’t think someone could have told me how much I would gain from the experience or how much I would enjoy it.”
Travis is now in his twenties, and although their match technically ended when he graduated high school, their friendship has never faded. Travis and Roxiann keep in touch through phone calls and Facebook, with Travis recently asking Roxiann to be listed as a family member on the site. Travis even joined Roxiann’s kickball team where together they play games weekly and have an undefeated team. “I want every Big to know that whatever they can give is so worthwhile. Your time is all a Little really needs.”