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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee Honors Tennessee Department of Correction

First Ever “Defender Of Potential” Award Presented at annual Breakfast Event at Music City Center

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee honored their partner of the year, Tennessee Department of Correction, (TDOC), with the inaugural “Defender of Potential” Award at their annual fundraising Breakfast held yesterday at Music City Center.

More than 1,300 attendees came together for the hour presentation of testimonials about the impact of mentoring themed “Helping Young People Grow.”

The award is named “Defender of Potential” because Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs seek to empower young people – stressing that the program does not create a potential for a child, it instead defends that young person’s ability to realize it themselves by providing a positive adult role model to serve as an ally.

“The professional team of the Tennessee Department of Correction believe in the power of mentoring and are partners in our mission to invest in the lives of our young people” commented Melissa Hudson-Gant, CEO for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee.

Approximately 30% of the youth served by Big Brothers Big Sisters have a incarcerated parent. The latest research shows that having someone to talk with about difficult feelings improves the chances for success in adulthood. BBBSMT, in partnership with TDOC, works to expand the village of support provided to these kids so they are positioned to create their best future.

“We’re of course appreciative of this award, but are even more grateful knowing that our efforts are helping to continue the important work carried out by Big Brothers Big Sisters, supporting our future….the children of Tennessee,” shared Tennessee Department of Correction Commissioner Tony Parker.

For more information on getting involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters, visit or call (615) 329-9191.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee
Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Founded locally in 1969, Big Brothers Big Sisters is a volunteer and donor driven organization that matches children in need with a positive adult role model and empowers that young person to reach their potential.  Revenue generated is used to conduct background checks, screening, and recruitment of prospective volunteers to ensure child safety… as well as provide ongoing professional support for children, families and volunteers. Big Brothers Big Sisters serves young people across Middle Tennessee in Metro Nashville/Davidson County, Williamson, Rutherford, Cheatham, Dickson, Robertson, Sumner and Wilson counties. Learn more by visiting  or calling 615-329-9191.

The administrative headquarters for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee are located at 1704 Charlotte Avenue, Suite 130; Nashville, TN 37203.