Bivian “Sonny” Lee III
People to Watch Class of 2014
JEFFERY JOHNSTON PHOTOGRAPH
Founder, Son of a Saint
This November 10 more boys will be chosen to join the 40 already a part of the Son of a Saint program.
Created by the son of former New Orleans Saints Defensive Back Bivian Lee Jr. in 2011, the program provides young men who have lost their father due to death or incarceration with a wide range of services, including assistance with their educational goals, group mentorship and behavioral health services, as well as a wide range of extracurricular opportunities.
“I chose this profession because I have a passion for developing young minds, specifically those who have fathers absent from their lives,” Lee says.
Lee knows first-hand the challenges of growing up without a father. He lost his to a heart attack when he was only 3 years old.
He says it was the relationships he went on to form through sports that made him who he is today, and he’s determined to “pay it forward.”
Lee also knows all about organizing incredible recreational opportunities. His previous job titles include serving as the director of programs for the New Orleans Jazz Institute, chief aide to owner of the New Orleans Saints and director of operations for the New Orleans Zephyrs.
“My long-term goal is not only to grow and affect the lives of more boys in New Orleans,” he says, “but other cities as well.”