About BBBS & Barrett Havran

About Barrett Havran

Barrett Havran, for whom this event was renamed after his death eight years ago at the age of 31, was a shining star and a friend to all who knew him. He graduated from Fort Worth Country Day in 1998, The McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin in 2002 and Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, Juris Doctor, and was admitted to the State Bar of Texas, both in 2006. He was a true renaissance man who was humble, kind and greatly respected with exceptional character. One of Barrett’s friends described him this way: He always made sure that no one was left out, was the first and the last on the dance floor, made sure everyone had a great time and made them feel at ease. He always listened.

At Country Day, Barrett excelled in football, track, the performing arts and academics and earned a Track Scholarship to UT. There he was a decathlete, Captain of the Track Team, 4 Year Track Letterman, Vice President of the American Marketing Association, a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity and an Academic All American for four years. At SMU he was named to the Order of the Barristers, Student Bar Association and received man Mock Trial Awards while coaching track at St. Mark’s and the Hockaday Schools. 


After graduation, Barrett practiced law in Dallas and Fort Worth and taught Mock Trial Courses at both SMU and Texas A&M Law Schools. He was active in the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, where he was elected to its Foundation and Leadership Class, while also being named to the Higginbotham American Inn of Court.

Barrett continued his community service work that began in high school by becoming active on the Tarrant County Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters and being a devoted Big Brother. Barrett’s final honor was his posthumous selection to the Fort Worth 40 under 40 Class of 2011.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Greater Tarrant partners with parents/guardians, volunteers, and donors to provide children with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that changes lives for the better, forever.                                                                                                                           

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Our vision is that all children can achieve success in life.  As the top Tarrant County mentoring organization, we are on a quest to discover unfulfilled potential, and dedicated to unleashing your ability to change the world through the power of one-to-one mentoring.  The Big Brothers Big Sisters program continues to make a significant and enduring impact on children’s lives.  While the dropout rate for Texas’s children is a shocking 38%, a full 98% of our Tarrant County Littles participating in our program were promoted to the next grade level or graduated.

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