At the Big Fall Ball, on Thursday, October 14, 2021, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region (BBBSCR) announced Big Brother Chuck & Little Brother Shazir as the 2021 BBBSCR Match of the Year. Selected out of a pool of five finalists, the committee, made up of BBBSCR staff, volunteers, board members and former Bigs, agreed that Chuck and Shazir best exemplified the criteria set for the Match of the Year. The criteria was as follows: the strength of their relationship and three key outcomes which include educational success, risk avoidance, and pro-social behaviors.

Due to COVID-19, Chuck and Shazir could not be present at the event to accept the award. Instead, BBBSCR was able to interview the pair to let them know. The best part: it was a complete surprise! Chuck and Shazir thought that they were just being interviewed as one of the finalists for the award. Little did they know that their match had been selected as the winner. You can watch their reactions and the entire interview below:

To learn more about the stories of the other nominees CLICK HERE

Congratulations Chuck and Shazir! And congratulations to all the nominees!