• Challenger athletes aged 5 by July 1, 2021 and up to 21 years on the date of the event are age-eligible for the Buddy Program.

  • There is no charge for a Buddy to participate in the Buddy Program and Challenger Game.

  • Buddies will be paired with a Big 26 player from Pennsylvania or Maryland. 

  • Buddies may request to be paired with certain Big 26 athletes if there is a prior/mutual relationship or a connection via the school district/hometown. Big 26 will make every effort to honor specific requests, but we must also evenly pair buddies between the Pennsylvania and Maryland teams. Buddies paired with a PA player in 2019 (we unfortunately could not play in 2020) may be paired with Maryland player in 2021. Athletes from each state look forward to making new friends and memories!  

  • Buddies are welcome and encouraged to attend any and all Big 26 games to participate in pregame introductions. Each Buddy Program participant plus 1 (one) parent/chaperone will enjoy free admission to all Big 26 games. Passes will be distributed at the Challenger event.

  • A Buddy/Player Picnic is held prior to the Challenger Game. Details will be announced when set. *Please note that a SEPARATE RSVP will be required for the picnic so that we can provide an accurate account to the food vendor. 

  • No RSVP is necessary to attend the FREE Challenger Game that follows the picnic. Family and friends are encouraged to attend.