BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Over 100 young men got a new family member on Thursday evening.
Big Brothers, Big Sisters partnered with UAB to pair up 120 boys with members of the UAB football team.
"This is a historical night for Big Brothers, Big Sisters. We have never, ever matched so many children all at once that were in need of big brothers," Sue Johnson, CEO of Big Brothers, Big Sisters said.
The football stars were strangers to these young men 24 hours ago and now they are their role models.
"It was like I really have someone I could look up to," said Jamarcus White, a little brother.
Johnson believes that these mentors truly make a difference in these kids' lives.
"You know children can only become what they can see and when they see people making positive choices with their lives they tend to do that too," Johnson explained.
From strangers to their biggest fans, all these boys stood a little taller this evening as they cheered loudly. It didn't matter if their big brother even touched the football, they were just thrilled to see them on the field.
White says he is beyond proud to now say, "that I got a brother that play for UAB."
"It is going to develop their self-esteem so much to be able to say to their friends, 'That's my big brother on that field,'" Johnson said.
This effort was a partnership between Big Brothers Big Sisters, Birmingham Housing Authority and of course the UAB football team.
Coach Clark said the football players are thrilled to mentor these young guys and were so excited to meet them.