(April 9, 2012) -- Sporting Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza announced today that he will serve as a spokesperson for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City (BBBS-KC). Espinoza has been a Big Brother in the BBBS-KC program to a 9-year-old boy named Ethan for one year. Through his involvement as a Big Brother, Espinoza felt a personal connection with the organization and decided that he wanted to do more to support the cause.
"I've been part of Big Brothers Big Sisters for one year already," said Espinoza. "Mentoring my Little has been amazing. Now I feel like I can help a lot more and I want to become even more active with Big Brothers Big Sisters. I hope I can inspire others to become involved with this great organization."
Espinoza will star in a volunteer recruitment campaign aimed at finding more Bigs for over 600 waiting kids. Additionally, he will provide BBBS-KC Bigs and Littles Sporting KC tickets and meet and greet opportunities and participate in BBBS-KC events to raise money for the organization.
Espinoza will join Eric Hosmer of the Kansas City Royals and Eric Berry of the Kansas City Chiefs as official spokespeople for BBBS-KC.
"We feel very fortunate to have these three amazing athletes as advocates for Big Brothers Big Sisters," said BBBS-KC CEO Micheal Lawrence. "Their work and dedication will lead to many more kids being matched with mentors here in Kansas City."
About Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters helps vulnerable children beat the odds. The organization depends on donations to help recruit volunteers and reach more children. Funding is used to conduct background checks on volunteers to ensure child safety; and provide ongoing support for children, families and volunteers to build and sustain long-lasting relationships. Big Brothers Big Sisters is proven to improve children's odds for succeeding in school, behaving nonviolently, avoiding drugs and alcohol, and breaking negative cycles. Learn how you can change how children grow up in America by going to BigBrothersBigSisterskc.org.
About Roger Espinoza
Sporting Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza has been heavily involved in the local community since arriving in Kansas City as a first round selection in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft out of Ohio State University. While excelling on the field for Sporting Kansas City and becoming a fan favorite at state-of-the-art LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, Espinoza has shown a commitment to giving back with regular appearances around the Kansas City area and through his participation in the team's community outreach initiatives. Now in his fifth professional season, Espinoza is set to become only the second active Sporting Kansas City player to play in more than 100 matches for the club, which he represented at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa while starting in two matches for the Honduras Men's National Team.