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Children Awaiting Placement with a Big Enjoy a Fun-filled Day at Beech Bend Park, Courtesy of Country Oven Bakery.

Wide-eyed children from Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Kentucky stared up at WKU basketball players, as they greeted them at Beech Bend Park on Saturday, June 16th. The children were even more elated to discover that these basketball players had chosen to spend the day with them, riding the rides the park had to offer, and would even provide them with autographed basketballs.

Much fun was had by both the children and the WKU players at Beech Bend Park. The children were provided another person they could look up to, and the players were given the opportunity to embrace their inner-childhood. All of this was made possible through the outstanding partnership Big Brothers Big Sisters has had for over a dozen years with Country Oven Bakery.

Country Oven Bakery staff members organize this annual event by paying for the entry of the children, providing food and drinks, and befriending children identified for need through Big Brothers Big Sisters in order for the children to have an opportunity to spend the day with an adult role model. This year was especially momentous with the addition of several players from WKU's Men's Basketball team. How well did the WKU players keep up with the children? One player commented “kids don’t understand the concept of theme park nausea--I believe we would have ridden a ride four times in a row, if I hadn’t stopped him after the third time riding.” Despite the rain that that day, the kids and players alike would not have traded it for anything. As parents arrived to pick up their children, they viewed the autographed balls the kids had received in amazement. A mother recently contacted the agency to thank us for providing what we do for her children. She stated that the Beech Bend Day was something they would never forget.

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