DeVonte, 13, was matched with his Big Brother Kingsley in December 2014. “The first time I met my Big I felt amazed because he looked like a smart guy. I thought he could probably get me into some sports,” says DeVonte. Although he wasn’t a fan of sports at first, DeVonte’s match has opened his eyes to many new experiences. His mother, Adell, says that Kingsley has been a positive influence in DeVonte’s life, encouraging him to try new things, helping him with his academics, and helping build his confidence.
Kingsley and DeVonte have an incredible bond built on fun and dependability. The two have their own handshake, and they even talk on the phone to catch up if their schedules have not allowed them to have an outing for a while. “Kingsley helps me with stuff that I don’t get, and he really likes to hang out with me and gets me to play sports,” says DeVonte. “He taught me how to catch a football, and play basketball.” DeVonte’s favorite outing with Kingsley was going to the park, where he could ride his bike and they played catch.
Adell also has her own favorite memory of DeVonte’s match with Kingsley. “Kingsley has made a lasting impact on DeVonte through his patience and kindness,” she says. “Kingsley taught DeVonte to tie his shoes, so when DeVonte completed this task on his own for the first time, the first thing we had to do was send Kingsley a picture of his tied shoes.”
“DeVonte was right, his Big is smart, kind, considerate, and generous. Kingsley has blended into our family seamlessly,” says Adell. “Thank you, Big Brothers Big Sisters, for all you do to impact the lives of our youth. I know my son has been blessed and positively changed because Kingsley is in his life. Thank you, Kingsley, for your kind and giving heart. Words can’t express my gratitude and appreciation for all you have done since being matched with my son.”