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Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association

Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association


Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association (MARA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit youth sports recreation association established in 1956.  Based at Arthur Goodman Memorial Park in Matthews, MARA offers the following sports: baseball, softball, tackle & flag football, cheer and basketball. MARA also offers Bambino Buddy-Ball for young athletes living with special needs.

MARA is a volunteer organization that provides a fun environment, quality facilities, expert instruction, and the highest level of coaching to ensure every child has an enjoyable learning experience with the opportunity to reach their full potential. MARA has been a home for countless young athletes, fostering teamwork, leadership, and a lifelong love for sports.

Over 50,000 fans, volunteers, and players visit our park each year. Over 1500 baseball, softball, and football games played each year at MARA which include high school games, recreation, travel and challenge games for both baseball and softball, as well as numerous football competitions.  In 2023, MARA had over 2600 players registered to play across our leagues. 
MARA Sponsors play a tremendous role in our ability to provide a quality, affordable, safe, and FUN youth sports program for all of our youth. 

If you are interested in learning more about sponsoring at MARA, click here

MARA Sponsorship Team

Dana Bouque
Director of Sponsorship
[email protected]
(704) 491-6857

Mayah McNelly
Grant Writer
[email protected]


Click here to access the complete list of MARA Sponsors and their services!




You are invited to join us as the Charlotte Knights host the Gwinnett Stripers.

Friday, June 21 at 7:00pm
Truist Field, 324 South Mint St., Charlotte
HR Section 1, 2, & 3
Ticket $18 each

To purchase tickets, click here.

*Remember if you purchase your tickets with the link above, the Charlotte Knights will give MARA back a portion of each ticket!

We hope to see you at the park and don't forget to wear your MARA gear!

Jersey Mike's MARA Fundraiser
Saturday, June 15 - Sunday, June 23
3116 Weddington Rd., Matthews

It's time for our next Jersey Mike's Fundraiser.  Coupons are valid beginning Saturday, June 15 through Sunday, June 23.

Each time one of the above coupons are redeemed, Jersey Mike's will give MARA back $3.

Share the coupons with your friends, family, neighbors, teammates, and colleagues!

You must have physical coupon in hand at time of purchase.



Connolly Orthodontics
Ballantyne (704) 521-7121 | Matthews (704) 321-5965

Cantina Louie
2225 Matthews Township Pkwy. Suite C, Matthews, NC 28105
(980) 339-3007 |

DICK'S Sporting Goods
10530 Northeast Pkwy., Suite J, Matthews, NC 28105
(704) 841-3959 |

Jersey Mike's Subs |

Junk King | 888-888-JUNK (5865) |

2024 Sponsorship Opportunities with MARA

Please email [email protected] for inquiries and pricing.

Field Banners (5' x 3')

Sponsorship Booths

Team Sponsorship - Softball Jersey

Team Sponsorship - Rec. Baseball Jersey

Thank You to Our Sponsors


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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