Community Programs

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

2014 Honor Rows Recipients:

  • Park School & The League (Baltimore City, and Baltimore, Harford and Anne Arundel Counties)
  • Washington College Best Buddies (Kent County)
  • Social Justice Coalition at Maryvale Preparatory School (Baltimore City, Baltimore County)
  • Safe Streets Baltimore (Baltimore City)
  • North Carroll Middle School HERO Program (Carroll County)
  • Runnymede Elementary School (Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County)
  • Boys Hope Girls Hope of Baltimore (Baltimore City)
  • Kenwood High School – Sports Science Academy (Baltimore County)
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake (Baltimore City)
  • Evolution – MMMUMC (Baltimore City, Baltimore County)
  • The Builders Club of Hampstead Hill Academy (Baltimore City, Carroll County)
  • Frontier Girls 172 (Baltimore City, Baltimore County)
  • VA Maryland Health Care System – Summer Youth Volunteers (Baltimore City, Baltimore County)
  • Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake’s Build-a-Block Coalition (Baltimore City, Baltimore County)


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 2014 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:

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

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 17threcipient 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).


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 the National Football League have teamed up to honor exceptional Maryland volunteers for their devotion to bettering local communities through the annual Community Quarterback Award.

Supported by NFL Charities and the Ravens Foundation, Inc., the award recognizes individuals who exemplify dedication, leadership and commitment to improving the communities in which they live. Volunteers ages 13 and over, who provide extraordinary services for nonprofit organizations, are eligible for the 2014 program. Charitable organizations are invited to nominate their remarkable volunteers for recognition, or individuals may nominate themselves.

The selected volunteers will be acknowledged on Nov. 30 at the Ravens-Chargers game at M&T Bank Stadium. Honorees will be awarded game tickets for themselves and a guest, Ravens apparel and autographed memorabilia, a commemorative trophy and a financial grant benefitting their respective nonprofit organization.

All nominees will be acknowledged by the Ravens for their commitment to bettering Maryland communities.

2013 Community Quarterback Award Winners:

  • Thomas Clavell (Sons of the American Legion – Post #200)
  • Scott Kashnow (Franklin Square Community Association)
  • Susie Oursler (Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna)
  • 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 2014 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.


Seats For Service

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
  • September 28th: United States Air Force

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