Russ & Frank
Big Brother, Russ Schisel, heard of Big Brothers Big Sisters through his wife, a former Big Sister. He wanted to become involved because he enjoys mentoring and wanted to be a positive role model for a youth in the area.
Russ and Little Brother, Frank, enjoy a variety of activities including catch, basketball, swimming, going for runs, watching movies, fishing, and hanging out to simply talk with one another. They ran multiple races together, including the Bellin Run and the Jingle Bell Run. Russ recalls beating Frank in the Bellin Run one year, but Frank vowed that would never happen again! Frank said he enjoys the memories of fishing together.
Russ has enjoyed being a Big Brother to two Littles over the last eleven years. He says he is the lucky one and believes being a Big Brother has changed his life for the better. He finds joy in knowing that he can provide extra support and guidance for his Little to succeed. Frank has learned a lot from his Big Brother, but he said the most important thing he learned is responsibility. Russ notices Frank’s confidence and willingness to speak in front of large crowds, which has helped Russ to overcome his anxiety. He believes if Frank can do it, so can he! Russ wants other potential Bigs to know that Bigs come in all different shapes and sizes, but the most important part is just being yourself. He says a Little will appreciate your time with them, and you will feel the same way in return.