Big Brothers Big Sisters: Adonis Henderson mentors 11-year-old Justin Johnson


by WHAS11

Posted on August 1, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 1 at 5:41 PM

(WHAS11) -- 41-year-old Adonis Henderson stands with his little brother, 11-year-old Justin Johnson, but Adonis used to be in Justin's shoes. He was a little brother once and is now giving back to the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

"I'm in for the long haul, until Justin graduates from high school and going farther from that," Adonis, said.

For Justin, Adonis is a true father figure.

"He's a really good guy and he's nice and he's fun," Justin, said.

Justin and Adonis, along with other Big Brothers Big Sisters matches met at an Arby's in Eastern Jefferson County.

For the past two month's, Arby's has been raising money for the local organization by sales in the stores, bake sales and car washes.

Big Brothers Big Sisters CEO Jeri Swinton said this year they set a record raising money.

"This year they set all records raising over $52 thousand, so that we can match more children locally with Big Brothers Big Sisters," Swinton, said.

The generosity reminds Adonis what Justin has been through.

"He suffered the loss of his mother when he was 9 going on 10, he's currently living with his grandmother right now," Adonis, said.

Adonis is close to Justin's family, and  this match focuses on the right things. Justin wears a hat that shows he's a summer library champion, from the Louisville Free Public Library.

Adonis, a Louisville Water Company employee, makes sure Justin is very involved with his family, for things like family game night.

"Justin has come over to play my wife, daughter and myself in Uno and he beat us the first time played us," Adonis, said, "He's a true little brother. He calls all the time and i call him all the time."