Ravens Honor Rows presented by M&T Bank
During each Baltimore Ravens home game throughout the 2014 regular season, the Honor Rows program saluted youth who provide outstanding service to our communities. Honorees were selected by a panel of youth service leaders, with the assistance of Baltimore Ravens, GOSV and M&T Bank staff, and received:
- Up to 100 tickets per group to attend a Baltimore Ravens game at M&T Bank Stadium
- "Honor Rows" T-shirts
- Official in-game recognition of honorees on RavensVision
- Segment on WBAL TV-11
2013 Honor Rows Recipients:
- The Crossroads School – Leaders Go Places (Baltimore City)
- Youth Volunteer Council of Greater Baltimore (Baltimore County, Baltimore City)
- Brunswick High School – Random Acts of Kindness Club (Frederick County)
- Pocomoke High School Key Club (Worcester County)
- Good Knight Child Empowerment Network, Inc. (Chesapeake Region)
- Food For Tomorrow (Howard County)
- SESO Girls Club (Baltimore City)
- Frontier Girls 172 (Baltimore County, Baltimore City)
- St. John’s Episcopal Youth Group (Baltimore City, Howard County)
- Friendly Volunteers – Baltimore’s Youth Lending a Helping Hand (Baltimore City)
- Service Break Connect (Baltimore City)
- Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake (Baltimore City)
- Virginia Maryland Health Care System – Summer Youth Volunteers (Baltimore City, Baltimore County)
- Boy Scout Troup #355 – Our Lady of Mount Carmel Knights of Columbus Hall (Baltimore County)
- Oakdale High School National Honor Society (Frederick County)
- Towson High School Student Government (Baltimore County, Baltimore City)
Hometown Hero Presented By Dietz & Watson
Dietz & Watson and the Baltimore Ravens are joining forces to honor our active and veteran service men and women at every 2013 Ravens home game. If you have a friend or family member currently serving or retired submit their name, contact information, service number and a brief description about why you nominated them. Each week, one submission will be chosen as that game’s Hometown Hero and will win tickets to the game, pre-game sideline passes and the opportunity to personally deliver the game ball to the NFL referee before the game! Submit someone you want to honor today and help Dietz & Watson, the Ravens and Baltimore celebrate our true Hometown Heroes! Nominate Your Hometown Hero Today!
Touchdown For Teachers Presented By M&T Bank
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.
Ravens High School Coach of the Week
The Ravens High School Coach of the Week program honors a Baltimore-area high school football coach who makes a significant impact on his athletes. Weekly recipients receive the following:
- A $2,000 donation to the school’s football program
- An award certificate signed by Ravens head coach John Harbaugh
- A specially-designed Coach of the Week hat
2013 Ravens HS Coach of the Week Recipients:
Elwood Townsend, varsity head coach of the Douglass (Baltimore, Md.) Ducks football team, was named the 2013 Ravens High School Coach of the Year. Townsend is the 17th
recipient of the annual award.
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).
Ravens Champions Athlete of the Week presented by Toyota
The Baltimore Ravens continue to work with high school athletic directors in Maryland to promote academic, athletic, and community excellence among student-athletes through the Ravens Champions Athlete of the Week program. Prior to each Ravens home game, one male and one female student athlete will be selected as the Ravens Champion Athlete of the Week! Each winner will receive two tickets to that week’s game, a VIP pregame field tour, a special Ravens jersey, recognition on the huge RavensVision boards, and their profile showcased on BaltimoreRavens.com. In addition, each winner’s school will also receive a $500 donation to their school's athletic program. For more information on Ravens Champions, please call 410-701-4118.
NFL Community Programs
The Ravens join the NFL on specific programs designed to promote volunteerism and give back to the community.
NFL Community Quarterback
The Baltimore Ravens and BGE have selected four outstanding community volunteers as their 2013 Community Quarterback Award recipients. Supported by NFL Charities and the Ravens Foundation and funded by BGE, the award recognizes individuals who exemplify dedication, leadership and commitment to improving the communities in which they live through volunteerism, with a focus on education, environment, community development and arts & culture.
The four honorees were honored at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday (12/8), when the Ravens hosted the Minnesota Vikings (1 p.m.). Each Community Quarterback was awarded game tickets for themselves and a guest, Ravens apparel, autographed memorabilia, a commemorative plaque and a $3,000 financial grant benefitting their respective nonprofit organization. The 2013 Community Quarterbacks and their organizations are Thomas Clavell (Sons of the American Legion – Post #200), Scott Kashnow (Franklin Square Community Association), Susie Oursler (Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna) and Jason Reed (Filbert Street Garden).
NFL/United Way Hometown Huddle
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.