THE BUDDY PROGRAM
JULY 20-23, 2023 | FNB Field
The Big 26 Buddy Program connects athletes with special needs and all-star players representing their state in the Big 26 event. We encourage players and buddies to build relationships through various activities, and we are always proud to see those relationships continue long after we pack up the bats and balls.
Buddies are invited to all Big 26 games and participate in various activities throughout the weekend. Buddies plus one adult chaperone will receive a free weekend pass. Buddies are also invited to be introduced during on-field pre-game ceremonies.
*All times subject to change.
July 20 - Picnic and Challenger Game(*Tentative* time 5:30 pm.)
July 21 - Game 1 @ TBD pm (Buddies in attendance participate in pregame introductions.)
July 22 - Game 2 @ TBD pm (Buddies in attendance participate in pregame introductions.)
July 23 - Game 3 @ TBD pm (Buddies in attendance participate in pregame introductions.)
BUDDY PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (2022)
Age: Athletes turning 5 years by July 1, 2023 and up to age 21 on the date of the event are age-eligible. ***Big 26 Buddy Program Alums 21+ are eligible.
Ability: The Buddy Program is designed for athletes with physical or intellectual disabilities. Athletes should be identified by the school or other human service agency as having a physical or intellectual disability, or having a developmental disability with functional limitations in general learning and adaptive skills.
All paperwork/online registration must be completed and received by the due date.