Boat hosts are still needed to take at-risk children from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte out on Lake Norman and Mountain Island Lake for Big Day at the Lake 12 on July 23.
Each child comes with a built-in chaperone – their mentor from Big Brothers Big Sisters – and a signed waiver.
Hundreds of boat owners are needed; some boat hosts opt for one match, which means one adult and one child, some opt for two. All sizes and types of boat are welcome, but not personal watercraft.
Boat owners can register as a host online at www.bigdayatthelake.com.
Big Brothers Big Sisters estimates more than 300 youth will participate, along with 300 Bigs, or mentors. Last year 250 children participated.
Boat hosts meet their Big and Little wherever the boat hosts want: At a boat ramp, a marina, a yacht club or at a private home. The day starts at about 9 am, followed by fun on the lake. There is a picnic – not open to the public – for Bigs and Littles and boat hosts and their families at 1 pm.
The picnic is optional, so the time commitment for boat owner is manageable.
“The picnic at Duke’s Energy Explorium is an amazing event as everyone comes together for the first time to celebrate a very special day,” said Dave Yochum, founder of Big Day at the Lake.
The presenting sponsors of Big Day at the Lake are Cornelius-based Champion Tire and PayPal, the worldwide online payments company.
Want to help?
You can register as a boat host, picnic volunteer and sponsor at www.bigdayatthelake.com.