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Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association

Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association


Due to an overwhelming response, volunteer registration is now CLOSED as we have reached capacity. Thank you for your interest!

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Buddy for our Bambino program players. Buddies suggested age is 12 years or older and a MARA member is preferred but not necessary.

Registration does not guarantee that you will be a buddy. It depends on the number of player participants that sign up. We will confirm your status in early March. We always need back-up Buddies as well! The number of sessions you can attend will get priority. 


Buddies need to commit to most if not all of the sessions and show up with enthusiasm and in the volunteer t-shirt. The program will consist of 8 Sundays (weather permitting).


Season will begin March 10, 2024 and end May 5, 2024 (note: there is NO SESSION on Easter - Sunday, March 31). Sessions start at 2:00 pm and last about 60 minutes. We need our buddies to help with set-up and clean-up afterwards so it’s approximately a 1.5 hour commitment each Sunday. Arrival is 1:45 pm. 


3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28 & 5/5 - 2024


MARA, Arthur Goodman Park, Field #8


To help kids learn baseball skills and how to play the game along with experiencing the thrill of team play and camaraderie. It is a great way to get involved in the community and it counts as community service hours for school or scout requirements (if needed).


No experience necessary – just a positive attitude and a big smile. Mandatory training and a volunteer t-shirt will be provided prior to the start of the program for all volunteers. 

Although Bambino Buddy-Ball is a free program to our participants, MARA is a 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization and any contribution is graciously accepted!                                                     

Any questions, email Monique Brooks, Program Coordinator at [email protected]

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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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