Mentoring + Tutoring


To foster a positive relationship between a worthy child and a mentor through tutoring and attendance at Chicago Cubs baseball games.


Buddies Through Baseball will reinforce the personal values of friendship, kindness, and appreciation for community along with the values exemplified from the game of baseball that include teamwork, perseverance, and humility.


Our Values



Enjoy the time spent with one another



Be pleasant to your neighbors

Appreciation of community


Take pride in yourself and where you live

Values from baseball


We achieve more together than by ourselves


The pitcher is only as good as the catcher is at calling the game and defense on the field.



Success is achieved by trying, failing, adjusting, and not giving up just because things become difficult


The best hitters in baseball only get a hit around 30% of the time they go to the plate – which means roughly 70% of the time they strike out, hit a pop up, or walk.

While facing elimination, the Chicago Cubs had to win 3 games in a row to be crowned 2016 World Champions.



Understand that many help along the journey of success and it should never “go to your head”


Ben Zobrist is a two-time World Champion and World Series MVP who hit the go ahead run in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series. He is also one of the most down-to-earth members of the team. He never would have had the chance to play professional baseball if it wasn’t for his high school baseball coach who encouraged him to participate in a summer event to showcase his skills after he did not receive any college offers. After the event, he got an offer to play at Olivet Nazarene University – and the

rest is history.




I've been a Cubs fan for as long as I can remember and always made a point to visit Wrigley Field when I was in Chicago. In 2016, amongst the excitement of their World Series run, I moved here for good. 

I watch every game and live a short walk to the park so it wasn't difficult attending 21 games in 2016.

Even though I went to a lot of games, I never got sick of the experience. Each time I stepped into the Friendly Confines it felt like my first game. I am lucky because I can afford tickets and don't have to bother commuting. It was clear that many others, especially children, are not as fortunate. Maybe they don't have someone to take them to a game or a parent is only available on the weekend when tickets are expensive. I knew there was something I could do to share my passion for the Cubs and the joy of going to Wrigley Field so I formed Buddies Through Baseball.

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity that pairs a Chicago-area child of need with a mentor who helps them with their school work and takes them to Cubs games throughout the season while serving as a positive role model in their life. The mentor and mentee participate in two activities a month from April through September including tutoring sessions and Cubs games.

Your donation of two tickets to a game or a financial contribution would go a long way to support the program. You can donate here (scroll down to next page) or on Venmo @BuddiesThroughBaseball. 


Thanks & Go Cubs Go!

Matt Sauvage

Founder, Executive Director


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