Big 33 Buddy Program

The Big 33 Buddy Program features kids with with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Buddy program was started in 1985 and was designed to partner a child with special needs, with a Big 33 athlete. Memories are developed through opportunities for exceptional kids to share time with their athletes both on and off the practice field during game week. Being a part of the Buddy program allows everyone an even playing field. There are many barriers in the world for individuals with special needs and being a part of the buddy program gives these children an environment without barriers.

Buddies get to be themselves. Our program expands the minds of our buddies to understand that others see past their disabilities and see who they really are…big hearted, smiling, appreciative, young people with hearts of gold. Football players and cheerleaders accept their buddy unconditionally. We pride ourselves in giving individuals with special needs an inclusive experience. Buddies make a lasting impression on every player and cheerleaders. Our Buddy program continues to grow each year. As a member of the Buddy Team, you will get to meet the athletes and have your picture taken and get autographs as well as enjoy a fun time with our pep rally.


All Buddy Team members are invited to attend the Big 33 game at no charge.
We look forward to having you become a part of the Big 33 Buddy Team!
To register, please go to the form below.

For more info see flyer: 2024 Big 33 Buddy Team Flyer

The Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association’s (PSFCA) Big 33 game will be played on Sunday, May 26 at Cumberland Valley’s Chapman Field in Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County. Kickoff is 7:00 p.m.

Buddy Teams

  • Must be 5 years of age.
  • If there is an athlete from your high school participating as a player or cheerleader, you will be given priority.
  • All paperwork must be completed and received by the due date.
  • If you have not followed through with your participation in the past i.e. committed to an event and not shown up, not submitting items on time or if there were any behavioral issues, you may not be selected as a paired athlete buddy.

Please note: If the above statements do not apply to you, then you will be a Non-Paired Athlete Buddy.