UNO athletics partners with local mentorship group Son of a Saint

Bivian Lee founded Son of a Saint after losing his own father, a former New Orleans Saint, at the age of 3. | File photo
The University of New Orleans athletics department has partnered with local organization Son of a Saint, which was founded by UNO alumnus Bivian “Sonny” Lee III, to provide mentorship to fatherless boys.

"We are excited to launch this new community partnership with Sonny and Son of a Saint," New Orleans Athletics Director Derek Morel said. "Sonny and his mentors have given their time and resources to positively impact the lives of the young people in the program. We are eager to work in close collaboration with him to enhance his efforts and make a difference in our community through this joint initiative."

Lee founded Son of a Saint after losing his own father, former New Orleans Saint Bivian Lee Jr., at the age of 3. The organization is dedicated to helping mentees with emotional support, developing life skills, exposure to constructive experiences and forming lasting and positive relationships. UNO student-athletes will take part by working with both mentees and mentors to give participating boys new and exciting experiences.

"We couldn't be more excited and thankful for this great partnership with UNO," Lee said. "We have special ties to the University of New Orleans and believe it is a natural fit for us. Partnering with UNO will show the young boys and men what university life is like so they get comfortable with the concept of attending college and understanding that it is possible for each of them to do so."

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