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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida Announces the 2024 Escambia County Big of the Year

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida proudly announces Shawn Hall as the recipient of the 2024 Escambia County Big of the Year Award. Shawn's unwavering dedication to mentorship and exceptional commitment have profoundly impacted his Little Brother, culminating in this distinguished honor.

With a remarkable 30-year career in the United States Marine Corps, Shawn seamlessly transitioned from military service to mentorship, continuing to make a significant difference in the lives of others. When asked about his motivation to become a Big Brother, Shawn explained, "I am finally in a place in my life that I have time to give back and help unlock a youth's potential." His dedication is evident in his consistent presence in his Little Brother Eddie's life over the past two and a half years. The bond they share is built on mutual interests and a spirited sense of competition, enjoying activities such as lifting weights, playing basketball, mini golf, and bowling. Under Shawn's patient guidance, Eddie is also learning to drive and greatly appreciates Shawn's effective teaching skills.

Eddie's recent achievement, a Florida Power and Light 2-year prepaid scholarship, underscores the positive influence Shawn has had on his life. As part of the application, Eddie wrote an essay about how Big Brothers Big Sisters has impacted him. He shared, "Shawn has shown me what it means to be a man of integrity. He has taught me my word means something. I have learned from watching him that I need to not only talk the talk but walk the walk. Having Shawn in my corner has made a dramatic difference in my life. I am not sure where I would be in my life right now if it had not been for being part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program."

On June 27, 2024, our Governing Board, staff, and Shawn's friends and family gathered at our Pensacola office to surprise him with this well-deserved honor. During the celebration, Shawn and Eddie shared how their relationship has positively impacted both of their lives, with Eddie expressing how Shawn is truly an inspiration. Thank you, Shawn, for your commitment to empowering youth and providing Eddie with the tools he needs to reach his full potential. 

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