Mentors in Motion: Learning through recreation

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - A new program in the Chippewa Valley is encouraging kids and adults to be more active and live healthier lifestyles.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Wisconsin held a kickoff party for its Mentors in Motion program at Action City Thursday night.
The organization says the goal of the new program is to make a difference in a child’s life through recreational activities.
“We are pretty active already and we usually are outside. Usually we spend a lot of time outside throwing a football,” little brother Taylor Fischer said.

Whether it’s a strike on the bowling lane or just time spent playing catch outside, being active is something that big and little match Taylor fischer and Jimmy Kaska say brings them together each and every week.

So when the opportunity came for the two to get out and be active through a new program called Mentors in Motion the choice was clear.

“It just made sense for us because we are already pretty active already,” Kaska said.

For Kristen Karnes-Frederickson and Jolea Tarbox, the new program gives them a chance to step out of their comfort zone a bit and try something new.

“We like doing a lot of baking, crafts, scrap booking and bowling,” Karnes-Frederickson said.

“I don't do very many sports but I would like to get out more because I’m home schooled so I just usually want to get out and do something,” Tarbox added.

Encouraging new activity and a healthier lifestyle is what Big Brothers Big Sisters says the Mentors in Motion program is all about.

“We know childhood obesity is a problem so we are trying to build healthier habits for the children so that when they become adults they are active and healthy,” Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Wisconsin Development and Marketing Director Christina Thrun said.

Thrun says matches need to devote at least three hours a month to activities. And as the saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun.

“The time commitment can be scary for people but it really it goes by so fast and it’s a lot of fun! It’s really rewarding,” Kaska said.

Big Brothers Big Sisters says they are looking for volunteers of any age to sign up to be a big. If you'd like more information on the program call 715-835-0161 or email You can also find more information on the program on the Big Brothers Big Sisters website, you can find a link under Related Links.

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