Big Brother Big Sister: Little Brother looks to a future of giving back

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by Doug Proffitt

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 20, 2011 at 4:06 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 20 at 6:58 PM

(WHAS11)  We caught up with this week’s Big Brother match up shooting basketball.  You can say that Big Brother Austin Shaffner and his little brother of five years are good sports; they’ll try anything long enough, even if it is embarrassing to them.  Both admit they aren’t great basketball players.
 

The Little Brother, Ben, shot for the basket and missed and then Austin shot and missed; but it’s that attitude of the 14-year-old Atherton High School Little Brother that makes these two click.
 

After awhile, we wondered if Ben was maybe aiming for our Chief Photographer, Dan Chesser.  He shot the ball and hit Dan, but Ben doesn’t give up and another flew Dan’s way
 

On this day, Atherton grad himself, Congressman John Yarmuth had to stop and say hello to Ben.  Yarmuth just landed $190,000 in federal money for the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization. 

Yarmuth told me the money must be used to make sure matches last longer, to help prevent juvenile crime, alcohol and drug abuse; so it is targeted to certain kids.
 

By the way, Ben did hit one basket we saw.  He wants to help others in with a legal career, giving back, something he learned from Big Brothers.  “I think it’s a good program.  It helped me,” said Ben.
 

All Big Brother Austin can say is watch out for Ben!
 

If you want to help a young person become a great adult, all you have to do is call 1-877-588-2300.
 

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