Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit is excited to announce our community partnership with Microsoft by way of their newly opened Microsoft Store located in the Somerset Collection in Troy! The partnership was established in effort to expose our agency youth to creative approaches to learning and engaging with Microsoft computer technology and software. This past February, Littles were invited to attend one of two (2) Tech-Athlete events held inside of the Microsoft Store. The Tech-Athlete program was designed to provide current athletes with the opportunity to enhance their computer skills through the creation of player statistics using Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. The events focused on both basketball and football, and athletes who completed the one-day workshop participated in a celebratory event! The basketball workshop concluded with the Littles being able to attend a Pistons basketball game and meet current NBA players. The football workshop concluded with Littles visiting the Detroit Lions Training Camp and meeting Detroit Lions Defensive End, Devin Taylor. Both events were an unforgettable experience for Littles in our program!

Last month, Microsoft invited some of our school-based Littles to participate in an art contest through schools in Detroit. Finalist had their art displayed at an event at the Michigan Science Center where Nate Burleson, former Detroit Lion’s player, shared inspiring words of encouragement. The platform provided an exciting channel for the contest finalists to display their works of art! Those who attended were treated to lots of “swag” and a buffet of goodies. Guest served as the contest judges and was asked to vote on the winning works of art! Microsoft also was on-site raffling branded items and products to attending families and students. The event was a BIG success!

This summer, we have more exciting events and activities planned in partnership with Microsoft! Youth will be able to participate in summer camps focused on gaming, movie making, and art. Stay tuned for more information about these exciting opportunities for your Little! Thank you Microsoft for your partnership in granting our Littles access to your workshops and information! Knowledge is key!



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