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Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association

Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association


If the registration section at the bottom says "No Programs are Currently Displayed" then
registration is at capacity. Please check back in January 2025 for next year.

Bambino Buddy-Ball is for boys, and girls and young adults, ages 5-20, living with special needs (mental and/or physical) that have the desire to play organized non-competitive baseball. Players are paired with MARA volunteers where they learn baseball skills and experience the thrill of team play and camaraderie in a safe, loving, and fun environment. Our program also helps to develop confidence and a positive self-esteem!

Question: How do I know if my child should sign up for this program?
Answer: If your child is not able to play traditional recreational sports then this program is for him/her!

Coach: Rick Johnston

For more information about the National Babe Ruth League Bambino Buddy-Ball program visit:

Program Details:

Who: Boys, girls, and young adults, ages 5-20, living with special needs

Where: Field #8, Arthur Goodman Park, 1200 S. Trade Street, Matthews, NC

When: Sundays at 2:00 pm

Duration: 6-8 Sundays for 60 minutes

Program start date**:  Sunday, March 10 (NO SESSION on Easter - Sunday, March 31)

Program end date**: Sunday, May 5

What to Bring: A glove and a bat if you have one, don't worry if not as we have have extras!

Included in Registration: Uniform shirt, team photo and a recognition medal

Cost: FREE

**Dates are subject to change due to inclement weather

Registration and uniforms are free however, MARA is a 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization and any contribution is graciously accepted!! This can be added when you register.

For any program questions please reach to Monique Brooks at [email protected].

Bambino Buddy-Ball is sponsored by

Bambino Buddy-Ball Player Registration

No Programs are Currently Displayed

There are no programs or divisions available at the moment. Please contact your club administrator with any questions.


Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association
Kathy Duncan MARA Administrator, PO Box 1023
Matthews, North Carolina 28106

Phone: 704-847-0752
Email: [email protected]

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