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UVA Broadcaster Named Virginia's Big Brother of the Year

Posted: Updated: March 9, 2013 09:30 PM EST

A University of Virginia celebrity has just been given a big honor. Cavalier fans in Charlottesville know him for his voice but now all of Virginia knows him for being a stand-out mentor.

To Wahoo fans, Dave Koehn is the voice of the Cavaliers, calling Virginia games on the radio. But now he has a new title as the Virginia Big Brother of the Year because of his relationship with 11-year-old Adrian.

"I got hooked up with Dave because we had stuff in common - like sports and video games and stuff like that," Adrian said.

Adrian and his Big Brother Koehn have spent the last three years enjoying what they have in common.

"Today is a perfect example here fishing - we didn't catch a single fish - the process of just hanging out and being together and that's what makes it fun that's where the magic is in the program," Koehn said.

Adrian says he's changed a lot since he met Koehn.

"I have somebody to talk to if I need to or if something happened, I could tell them what happened or I can trust him," he said.

And Koehn agrees.

"It's been fun to watch Adrian grow up and go from a little boy, go into that adolescent phase and then you get to see him kind of begin that process of becoming a man," he said. "To feel like you have a role in perhaps helping to shape that is one of the best parts about the project."

Now these two are hoping to recruit others to the program that brought them together.

"There's tons of little kids out there that want bigs but we don't have enough," Adrian said.

Right now 127 children are on a waiting list for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge. The program needs 76 Big Brothers and 51 Big Sisters.

Koehn says he hopes other mentors will join the program he's found so rewarding.

"He enriches me just as much as I hope that I enrich him," he said.

Now that he's Virginia's Big Brother of the Year, Koehn is in the running for a national title.

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