The majority of Buddy volunteers are high school boys and girls but the program also registers elementary and middle school students as well as adult volunteers. Through interaction with their special needs players, ignorance and stereotypes are overcome as our student volunteers learn patience, understanding and the ability of one person to positively influence and change the life of another.
The majority of student volunteers are local high school students, but we also have mature elementary and middle school students and there is always a need for adult volunteers. The number of players the program is able to enroll is dependent upon the number of volunteers who sign up. As a result, volunteering is not a casual commitment. Volunteers are required to attend at least 80% of the game days, we stress this point because it’s critical to the success of the program. It is important to the player that his or her buddy is there for them each game day. The interaction between our players and volunteers is what makes the magic happen.
The Parkland Buddy Sports is authorized through the schools to provide community hours to our student volunteer Buddies. Between 2002 and 2011, our student volunteers, who represent more than 20 area schools, have earned more than 20,000 community service hours.
The following form is to sign up as a volunteer. If you wish to sign up your child as a player, please register on the programs pages!
Link to volunteer is here: