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11-year-old B.J. seeking big brother

Updated: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 |
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - In this month's Big Brothers Big Sisters profile, we'd like you to meet a very special kid.

He's got a very bright future ahead of him, and you can be part of it.

11-year-old B.J. expresses himself best on the basketball court.

He's a good shot, and quick on his feet. Which may be why he wants to be a police officer when he grows up.

B.J.'s in the 6th grade at Paramount Charter Academy in Kalamazoo.

"School is good,” he says. “We go to gym first - then we go to art."

And after school he's busy too. He likes to, in his words, "play basketball, play soccer. Go over to my pa's - go over to my friends houses.”

But he's also got some time after school for a big brother—someone to guide him through middle school and beyond. Someone he can count on.

His perfect day with a big brother would include a stop at Old Country Buffet, and then the basketball court.

Could you be B.J.'s Big Brother? Now the ball's in your court.

For more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters, call the agency at (269)382-6800.