Each week during the 2012 season, the Ravens and Toyota honored a high school coach who made a significant impact on his athletes. For his efforts, each recipient received a $2,000 donation to his school’s football program, a certificate signed by Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and a specially-designed Coach of the Week hat. Comcast SportsNet, the official sports network of the Ravens, also featured a weekly segment to honor the selected coach.
Reggie White, head coach of the Milford Mill (Baltimore, Md.) varsity football team, was named Ravens High School Coach of the Year for the 2012 NFL season, and each of the recipients were present at the Broncos game (below) on Dec. 16 to receive recognition.
White guided Milford Mill, which was 5-5 in 2011, to its first winning season in four years, finishing 11-2 during the 2012 campaign and earning an appearance in the 3A state semifinals. It marked the school’s first trip to the state semifinals in eight years. White received an additional $4,000 donation toward Milford Mill’s football program.
Throughout the month of August, the Baltimore Ravens helped to shine the spotlight on Maryland youth football and to encourage participation. While over 2,000 tickets were donated to teams around the state to attend Ravens preseason games, the lights showed no brighter than on the eight youth football teams that played on the field of M&T Bank Stadium during halftime of those games.
Teams from the Andover Apaches, Severna Park Green Hornets, Tidewater Titans, and Westminster Wildcats were given this once in a lifetime opportunity to play like the pros in front of 71,000 fans.
The Ravens hosted the inaugural Ravens Football Clinic, presented by Under Armour, at McDaniel College on Jun. 16 for more than 400 Carroll County youth and high school football players.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh kicked off the day with a morning pep talk and stretching session before the campers scattered across six fields on the Westminster campus for instruction from the professionals. Led by Harbaugh and the rest of Ravens coaching staff, the student-athletes participated in position specific drills before returning to the main field for a life skills talk from Ravens director of player development, Harry Swayne.
In the afternoon, the campers put their new skills to use as high school teams participated in a 7-on-7 tournament and youth teams played a round-robin flag games.
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In its second year, the Ravens 7-on-7 Football Tournament, presented by Under Armour, saw more than 1,400 student-athletes from 72 high schools throughout Maryland compete in the three-weekend tournament, culminating with the championships at M&T Bank Stadium.
With some of the best teams in the state participating, including perennial studs Our Lady of Good Counsel and River Hill, the tournament featured excitement, competition and perfect weather. In addition to the two annual 32-team regional tournaments held at St. Paul’s School and Frederick High School, a third tournament for eight teams was added in 2012 at Stephen Decatur High School on Maryland’s eastern shore.
At each tournament, the teams received bags of Under Armour gear to perform in and a Ravens player/coach stopped by to speak with all the student-athletes participating. Each member of the Ravens shared a similar message that hard work off the field – in the classroom, in the community, in the weight room - will translate into success on the field.
The tournaments at St. Paul’s and Frederick yielded the eight teams who participated in the championship tournament Friday, Jun. 15 under the lights of M&T Bank Stadium. Avenging their lose in the championship game in 2011, Good Counsel rebounded this year to claim the tournament’s top prize.
Less than a week after being crowned Super Bowl champions, the Baltimore Ravens reaffirmed their dedication to the sport by hosting a forum for youth football commissioners. The event was held in conjunction with USA Football, the official youth football development partner of the Ravens and the NFL.
The Ravens and USA Football are working together to improve the way the game is taught at the youth level in hopes of making it better, smarter and safer for all of its participants.
On Feb. 9, youth league leaders from across Maryland assembled at the Ravens training facility to share best practices and discuss new ideas for improving player safety.
USA Football regional manager Ed Passino led the discussion and covered several important aspects of youth football, including concussion recognition and response, coaching education, equipment fitting and tackling technique.
These concerns form the basis of USA Football’s new Heads Up Football program, a comprehensive approach to improving player safety that is now available for youth leagues throughout the country for the 2013 season.