Archer teams up with Big Brothers Big Sisters program

Rays righty assists with charitable bowling fundraiser to help youth

Archer teams up with Big Brothers Big Sisters program

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Rays right-hander Chris Archer is joining Big Brothers Big Sisters to help the nonprofit organization raise money and awareness during its annual fundraiser, Bowl For Kids' Sake.

Big Brothers Big Sisters pairs caring adult mentors with children who may be facing adversity. They may have an incarcerated parent, live in a single-parent household or perhaps they're being raised by a grandparent. It costs $1,250 to pair a child (called "Little") with a volunteer (called "Big") for one year, which pays for the background screening, volunteer training, ongoing support and supervision of each Big-Little match.

Archer is encouraging his fans to donate during the Bowl For Kids' Sake campaign. Top fundraisers who raise at least $1,250 will have a chance to be invited to a VIP Bowling party, hosted by the pitcher.

"Everyone needs a mentor in life and everyone needs to be a mentor to someone," said Archer. "Big Brothers Big Sisters allows people to serve their higher purpose and helps guide children toward their potential. I can speak directly to this because I have been lucky enough to be guided by my mentor for the past 11 years."

The deadline to be eligible for the Chris Archer VIP Bowling Party is March 27. Top fundraisers will receive detailed information about Archer's invitation-only party scheduled on April 3.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.