The Baltimore Ravens and Ravens RISE are committed to improving, encouraging and enabling the development of youth football in the Baltimore-area. With the support of Under Armour, youth football programs throughout Maryland are invited to apply for a Ravens Youth Football Grant for the opportunity to outfit all players in their program in either brand new jerseys or cleats.
NEW IN 2018: Applications for grants must be submitted by program – not by team as requested in years past.
For example: the Baltimore Ravens 8U, 12U, 14U, etc. would not apply for this grant, but the Baltimore Ravens program as a whole would submit an application for consideration of all the players on all their teams to be awarded either jerseys or cleats.
Entering its seventh year, this grant has served over 3,000 area children providing them jerseys, cleats and other football accessories.
Feb. 22 - Mar. 23, 2018
Grant Awards Announced
July/ August 2018
2017 Ravens Youth Football Grant Recipients
Baltimore Stallions Academic and Sports Program; Baltimore Terrapins Youth Football & Cheer; Benjamin Franklin High School; Brooklyn Park Broncos; Caesar Rodney High School; Cumberland Valley Midget Football Association; East Baltimore United Bills Youth Football and Cheerleading, Inc.; FCA Bucks; Frederick Steelers; Gettysburg Area High School & Middle School Football; Indian River High School; Milford High School Football; Northwest Bulldogs Football; Northwood Football League, Inc.; Oldtown Gators; Peninsula Athletic League; South Baltimore Bulldogs; South Caroline Mustangs
If you have any questions about the grant, please email RavensRISE@ravens.nfl.net.
Touchdown For Teachers
Do you know a teacher who goes above and beyond? The Baltimore Ravens Touchdown for Teachers program, presented by M&T Bank, recognizes local teachers for outstanding service to their schools and communities. One out of five finalists will be selected by a panel of community members, the Ravens and M&T Bank to receive a $2,000 grant for their school and a school visit by a Ravens player, Poe and Cheerleaders.
The top 5 teachers will be chosen based on one or more of the following criteria:
Amount of involvement in the school and/or community (ex: volunteering, coaching, after school programs, etc.)
Degree of positive impact on the school and/or community
Demonstrated a strong commitment to education in the school and/or community
2018 Touchdown for Teachers Finalists:
Nicole Veltre-Luton – Digital Harbor High School (grand prize winner)
Daniel Bohlman – Homestead Wakefield Elementary School
Amy Mattison – Southgate Elementary School
Chad Pavlekovich – Salisbury Middle School
Raymond Weber – Salem Avenue Elementary School
Leading and Inspiring Females to Thrive
Annually, the Baltimore Ravens host local high-school-aged female athletes to the Under Armour Performance Center for the Leading and Inspiring Females to Thrive (L.I.F.T.) Conference. The day-long leadership conference invites Sophomore-and-Junior-aged student athletes to participate a day full of workshops, led by Spark, Inc., guest speakers and a group workout at the Ravens’ facility. For more information and to apply, please click the link below. Applications will be accepted from March 1, 2018 – March 23, 2018.
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 2017 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!
During each Baltimore Ravens home game throughout the 2018 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 gameat M&T Bank Stadium
"Honor Rows" T-shirts
Official in-game recognition of honorees on RavensVision
Segment on WBAL TV-11
2018 Honor Rows Recipients
Baltimore Area Council, Boy Scouts of America(Baltimore City, and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties);Bennett Middle School – National Junior Honor Society(Wicomico County);Best Buddies Maryland(Baltimore City, and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties); Big Brothers Big Sisters at the Y(Baltimore City, and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford and Howard Counties); Boys 2 Men(Harford County); Bundles of Love Club(Baltimore City and Prince George’s Counties); CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Club(Baltimore City and Baltimore County);Historic Elkridge Young Marines(Baltimore and Anne Arundel Counties); Laurel Highland Council, Boy Scouts of America(Allegany and Garrett Counties); Maryland National Guard Freestate ChalleNGe(Baltimore City, and Baltimore, Cecil, Harford and Howard Counties); Montgomery County Recreation(Montgomery County); Pocomoke High School Key Club(Worcester County); Sisters Academy of Baltimore(Baltimore City and Baltimore County); Snow Hill Middle School – National Junior Honor Society(Worcester County)
Play 60 Grant
The Ravens Foundation, Inc. is committed to improving, encouraging and enabling the healthy development of youth in the Baltimore area, as well as other parts of the state of Maryland. For the 12th -consecutive year, the foundation is executing the Ravens PLAY 60 Grant, which provides funding of up to $5,000 to qualifying nonprofit organizations that create and/or continue programs or projects promoting physical fitness and nutrition education.
The grant program continues the foundation’s commitment to increasing physical activity among area youth and seeks to encourage healthy youth activities. The Ravens will consider funding requests that meet the following criteria:
Organizations that submit requests must be a 501(c)(3) organization.
Programs or projects must be directed at youth (5-18) and must promote physical fitness and/or nutrition education.
Nonprofits must illustrate a programming component with measurable goals in order to be considered. Through the Ravens PLAY 60 Grant, the Foundation will not consider funding for the construction of buildings/fields/etc.
Programs or projects must take place in Maryland.
ll applications MUST be submitted via hard copy mail. Hard copies can be mailed to: Attn: Community Relations 1 Winning Drive, Owings Mills, MD 21117
The 2018 PLAY 60 Grant helped fund a variety of projects, such as interscholastic athletic programs for students with disabilities, running clubs, boxing training and after-school mentorship programs, all of which work to increase physical activity and nutrition awareness among local youth. A few examples of projects that received grants for 2018 include:
Baltimore Area Special Hockey, Inc. provides an opportunity for over 135 special needs children to learn how to play ice hockey in an environment adapted to each of their individual abilities; Baltimore SquashWise, Inc. serves middle and high school students across Baltimore City, by offering year-round squash coaching and competition, tutoring, college/career preparation and social-emotional counseling; continued support for the UMAR Boxing program, which serves the Druid Heights neighborhood and has aligned progress in the classroom with that in the boxing ring through their motto: “No hooks before books!”; funds to support the after-school and summer programming at Baltimore Community Rowing – an organization that achieves nearly 100 percent college acceptance rates from its attendees.
2018 PLAY 60 Grant Recipients:
Baltimore Area Special Hockey, Inc., Baltimore Community Rowing, Inc., Baltimore SquashWise, Inc., KIPP Baltimore’s Urban Lacrosse League, Baltimore County Public Schools – Allied Sports Program, Boys & Girls Club of Cecil County, Boys & Girls Club of Harford County, Boys & Girls Club of Metropolitan Baltimore, Civic Works, Friends of Patterson Park, Girls on the Run of Greater Chesapeake, Girls on the Run of Central Maryland, KEEN: Kids Enjoying Exercise Now, Kennedy Krieger Institute , Lutherville Timonium Recreation Council Soccer Program, Maryland Agricultural Resource Council, The Maryland School for the Blind, Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital (MWPH), Parks & People Foundation, Inc., Patterson Park Public Charter School, Inc., PeacePlayers Baltimore, St. Francis Neighborhood Center Corporation, Strive To Tri, Inc., TasteWise Kids – Days of Taste Program, Team Captain Kids Foundation: Hero Boys Run Club, Umar Boxing Program, Inc.
Baltimore Ravens Scholarship Program
Five (5) $5,000 scholarships (renewable)
The Baltimore Ravens established this scholarship program to enable local youth to continue their education on a collegiate level. The team has a long-standing history of service to local communities, and this fund will support those who do the same. In addition, this renewable scholarship will be based on financial need and academic achievement. The $5,000 scholarship is renewable, and open to high school seniors who attend Baltimore City, Baltimore County or Carroll County public high schools. Applicants must also be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
2018 Ravens Scholars:
Victoria Able, City Neighbors High School
Adonijah Bourne, Owings Mills High School
Kyra Davis, Baltimore City College
Ashley Pena, Digital Harbor High School
Clarity Willoughby, Carver Vocational-Technical High School
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
2017 Ravens HS Coach of the Week Recipients
Week 1- Vince Ahearn - Tuscarora High School
Week 2 - Albert Jones - Meade High School
Week 3 - Ryan Pittillo - Towson High School
Week 4 - Timothy Palmer - Harford Technical High School
Week 5 - Brian Van Deusen - River Hill High School
Week 6 - Biff Poggi & Henry Russell - St. Frances Academy
Week 7 - Reggie White - Milford Mill Academy
Week 8 - Josh Rutter - Francis Scott Key High School
Week 9 - Lawrence Smith - Dunbar High School
Week 10 - Tim Holley - Gilman School
COY - Timothy Palmer - Harford Technical High School
Timothy Palmer, varsity head football coach of the Harford Technical (Bel Air, Md.) Cobras, has been named the 2017 Ravens High School Coach of the Year. Palmer is the 21st recipient of the annual award.
Finishing with a 12-1 record this year, Palmer led the Cobras to the most single-season victories in program history and the school’s first-ever trip to the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) Class 2A state semifinals. Harford Tech doubled its previous win total for one season (six, most recently accomplished in 2008), and the first-year head coach helped guide the school to its only undefeated regular season.
During the playoffs, the Cobras advanced to the “Final Four” behind a 22-21 victory over the Kent Island Buccaneers in the MPSSAA Class 2A East regional final. After trailing 21-9 entering the game’s final frame, Harford Tech rallied with two long touchdown passes from sophomore QB Ryan Hunt to senior WR Jordan Bright, giving the Cobras a lead they would not relinquish. A fumble recovery by sophomore LB Jonathan Fletcher on Kent Island’s final possession secured the regional title for Harford Tech.
The Cobras advanced to the semifinal matchup against the Gwynn Park Yellow Jackets, but their perfect season came to an end with a narrow defeat (16-9) to the Prince George’s County school.
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), Reggie White of Milford Mill (2012), Elwood Townsend of Douglass (2013), Thomas Browne of Oakland Mills (2014), Sean Sandora of Dundalk (2015) and Joe Polce of Walkersville (2016).
NFL Community Quaterback
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 2018 program. Charitable organizations are invited to nominate their remarkable volunteers for recognition, or individuals may nominate themselves.
The selected volunteers will be acknowledged during a 2018 Ravens home 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 benefiting their respective nonprofit organization.
The Baltimore Ravens hosted their sixth annual Ravens TEAM Challenge at the UA House at Fayette operated by Living Classrooms as part of the 2017 NFL/United Way Hometown Huddle. Under the guidance of Playworks Maryland, students from Maree G. Farring Elementary school tested their physical endurance and ability to work as a team in order to complete various challenges such as kickball, dodgeball, ultimate football and a series of relays. Ravens players, Cheerleaders, and Mascot Poe also joined to make this day extra special for the students
The annual award is a component of the Ravens' GamePlanEarth initiative - a week filled with environmental activities led by the Ravens in hopes to make Baltimore a more sustainable city – recognizing schools, organizations and or individuals that have shown a commitment to implementing green practices in the communities of Baltimore. The application will open in August 2018.