The Baltimore Ravens Touchdown for Teachers program, presented by M&T Bank, recognizes local teachers for outstanding service to their schools and communities. The inaugural Touchdown for Teachers program finalists and grand prize winner were announced at the Ravens Draft Party event, held at M&T Bank Stadium on Thursday, May 8.
2014 Touchdown for Teachers Finalists:
Jasmine Blanks – Magnolia Middle School – Grand Prize Winner
Cassandra Carter – Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School
Kim Coleman – Patterson Park Public Charter School
Charles Emerson – Northeast Middle School
Jeniqua Moran – Westport Academy
The five finalists were honored during the Ravens Draft Party event during an on-field presentation at M&T Bank Stadium and received 10 tickets to the event, a personalized Ravens jersey and an award certificate. The grand prize winner, Jasmine Blanks, was presented with a check for $1,000 in grant funds and will receive a classroom visit by a Ravens’ coach or player, accompanied by Ravens mascot Poe.
Educators must be nominated through the application form that can be completed online. Please check back in March 2015 for more details.
|Week 1||Paul Bernstorf||St. Paul’s|
|Week 2||Matt Martello||North Carroll|
|Week 3||Sean Murphy||Archbishop Curley|
|Week 4||Andrew Goldbeck||Kenwood|
|Week 5||Butch Shaffer||Glenelg|
|Week 6||Elwood Townsend||Douglass|
|Week 7||Justin Carey||Hammond|
|Week 8||Brendon Ireton||Kent County|
|Week 9||Corey Johnson||Edmonson-Westside|
|Week 10||Chuck Markiewicz||Arundel|
Under Townsend, Douglass has experienced a drastic turnaround in the five years since he took over the football program. In 2013, the Ducks advanced to the Maryland Class 1A state championship game for the first time in school history, where they fell last Saturday (12/7) in a bout with Fort Hill (Cumberland, Md.) at M&T Bank Stadium. Having previously gone undefeated throughout the season, Douglass finished with a 13-1 overall record.
The Ravens High School Coach of the Year Award has been a fixture in youth athletics since 1997. Previous recipients include: Augie Waibel of Poly (1997), Nick Arminio of Eastern Technical (1998), Pete Pompey of Edmondson-Westside (1999), Dominic Damico of McDonogh (2000), Steve Turnbaugh of Hereford (2001), Dave Eubank of Dundalk (2002), Gene Brown of South Carroll (2003), Ben Eaton of Dunbar (2004), Brad Wilson of Westminster (2005), Dante Jones of Edmondson-Westside (2006), Lawrence Smith of Dunbar (2007), Tony Shermeyer of Century (2008), Rick Conner of Linganore (2009), Damon Bomar of Forest Park (2010), Roger Wrenn of Poly (2011) and Reggie White of Milford Mill (2012).
The Ravens join the NFL on specific programs designed to promote volunteerism and give back to the community.
The Baltimore Ravens hosted their second-annual Ravens TEAM Challenge at M&T Bank Stadium on Oct. 15 as part of the 2013 NFL/United Way Hometown Huddle. Approximately 110 local youth tested their physical endurance and ability to work as a team in order to complete various activities.
Fourth and fifth grade students from Baltimore’s Curtis Bay Elementary School participated in challenges, such as kickball, dodgeball, ultimate football and a series of relays. Led by volunteers from Playworks Maryland, the Ravens TEAM Challenge integrated educational programming and PLAY 60 physical activities while focusing on three values: fitness, sportsmanship and academics.
Joining the children were volunteers from the United Way, M&T Bank, Playworks Maryland, Under Armour and the Baltimore Ravens. Alongside these volunteers were mascot Poe, Ravens Cheerleaders and players Chykie Brown, Omar Brown, Morgan Cox, Matt Elam, Matt Furstenberg, Gino Gradkowksi, Anthony Levine, Gerrard Sheppard, John Simon, Torrey Smith, Tyrod Taylor and Justin Tucker.
The Baltimore Ravens have a long standing tradition of supporting the military and those who serve our country. This season, the Ravens and Northrop Grumman are proud to host our country’s service men & women at each home game through the Seats for Service program. Each week, the Ravens will honor a group including, but not limited to, representatives of the military, first responders, veterans and wounded warriors. The group will receive a pregame field visit and tickets to the game in five specially designed seats. A sixth seat within the row will remain ceremoniously unoccupied and represent the POW & MIA trademark to honor soldiers who are Prisoners of War or Missing in Action.
In addition to receiving tickets to Ravens home games, each week’s honorees will also receive five tickets to the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman in Annapolis on December 27th. For more information on the Military Bowl, please visit www.militarybowl.org.
2014 Seats for Service Honorees:
September 7th: The Maryland Chapter of Korean War Veterans Association
September 11th: Baltimore City Police Department & Baltimore City Fire Department