Baltimore Ravens Community Programs

Touchdown For Teachers

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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. Three finalists will be selected by a panel of community members, the Ravens and M&T Bank and one teacher will receive a $4,000 grant for their school, as well as a school visit by a Ravens player, Poe and Cheerleaders.

The top 3 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

2019 Touchdown for Teachers Finalists:

  • Rickey Solomon - The Stadium School (grand prize winner)
  • April Sexton - Shiloh Middle School
  • Peter Dent - Glenmount Elementary/Middle School

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.

2019 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

Honor Rows Presented By M&T Bank

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During each Baltimore Ravens home game throughout the 2019 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

2019 Honor Rows Recipients

#OurCommonCalvert (Calvert County); Baltimore Area Council, Boy Scouts of America (Baltimore City, and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties); Berlin Intermediate School After School Academy (Worcester County); Big Brothers Big Sisters at the Y (Baltimore City, and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford and Howard Counties); Girl Scout Troop 1093 (Baltimore County); Girl Scout Troop 1165 (Baltimore County); Hampstead's Little Free Pantry (Carroll County); Leadership, Education, and Awareness about Disabilities (L.E.A.D) (Worcester County); Maryland National Guard Freestate ChalleNGe (Baltimore City, and Baltimore, Cecil, Harford and Howard Counties); Sho'men Youth Swim Team Volunteer Club (Kent and Queen Anne's Counties); Stephen Decatur High School National Honor Society (Worcester County); St. John's Episcopal Church – Young Adults in Church Youth Group (YAC) (Baltimore City, Baltimore and Howard Counties); Volunteen (Harford County); We Cancerve Movement, Inc. (Baltimore City, and Baltimore, Cecil and Harford Counties); Youth Empowerment Source (YES) (Cecil 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 13th-consecutive year, the foundation is executing the Ravens PLAY 60 Grant, which provides funding of up to $10,000 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.
  • All applications MUST be submitted via hard copy mail. Hard copies can be mailed to: Attn: Community Relations, 1 Winning Drive, Owings Mills, MD 21117
  • For more information about the NFL Play 60 initiative, visit: www.nfl.com/play60

The 2019 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.

2019 PLAY 60 Grant Recipients:

  • Baltimore Area Special Hockey, Inc.
  • Baltimore Community Tool Bank
  • Baltimore County Public Schools – Allied Sports Program
  • Baltimore SquashWise, Inc.
  • Beat the Streets Baltimore
  • Boys Hope Girls Hope of Baltimore
  • Creative Alliance
  • Dayspring Programs, Inc.
  • Friends of Patterson Park Youth Soccer Program
  • Girls on the Run Central Maryland
  • Girls on the Run Greater Chesapeake
  • Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, Inc.
  • Irvine Nature Center
  • Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN) Greater DC – Baltimore
  • Mountain Lions Cycling Club
  • Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital's Weigh Smart Program
  • Parks & People Foundation, Inc.
  • Patterson Park Public Charter School, Inc.
  • Reach High Baltimore: Rowers Empowering Baltimore Youth
  • Safe Alternative Foundation for Education, Inc.
  • Sunrise Day Camps Association: Horizon Day Camp
  • Team Captain Kids Foundation: Hero Boys Run Club
  • The Hearing & Speech Agency of Metro Baltimore
  • The Interfaith Service Coalition of Hancock, MD, Inc.
  • The Maryland Agricultural Resource Council, Inc.
  • The Michael Phelps Foundation
  • The Tender Bridge, Inc.

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Hometown Hero

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For the 8th season, the Baltimore Ravens will honor first responders and active duty & veteran military members at every 2020 Ravens home game. If you have a friend or family member currently serving or retired, submit their name, contact information 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 will be featured on RavensVision during the game! Submit someone you want to honor today and help the Ravens and Baltimore celebrate our true Hometown Heroes!

Ravens High School Coach of the Week

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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

2019 Ravens HS Coach of the Week Recipients

  • Week 1 - Marquise O'Neal - Baltimore Polytechnic Institute
  • Week 2 - Chad McCormick - Old Mill High School
  • Week 3 - Anthony Zehyoue - Loyola Blakefield
  • Week 4 - Marcus Lewis - Marriotts Ridge High School
  • Week 5 - Mat Feeney - Elkton High School
  • Week 6 - Justin Payne - Parkville High School
  • Week 7 - Chris Bassler - Westminister High School
  • Week 8 - Hakeem Sule - McDonogh School
  • Week 9 - Ed Dolch - South River High School
  • Week 10 - Brian Henderson - Wilde Lake High School
  • COY - Butch Schaffer - Glenelg High School

Justin Payne, varsity head football coach of the Parkville Knights, has been named the 2019 Ravens High School Coach of the Year. Payne is the 23rd recipient of the annual award.

The fifth-year head coach guided the Knights to their first-ever undefeated regular season (9-0) in the school's 66-year history. It marked the most wins in program history, en route to Payne's squad securing the school's first playoff victories after advancing to the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association Class 4A quarterfinals.

Payne took the helm in Parkville in 2015 following an 0-10 season for the Knights. He has steadily directed the program's turnaround over the last five years to achieving this season's 11-1 final mark. With many players on this season's team playing for Payne the previous four years, Parkville's head coach knew 2019 could be a special year for the Baltimore 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), Joe Polce of Walkersville (2016), Tim Palmer of Harford Tech (2017) and Butch Schaffer of Glenelg (2018).

Leading and Inspiring Females to Thrive

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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, please click the link below.

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NFL Community Quaterback

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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 2019 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.

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Baltimore, Maryland
December 1, 2019 
Baltimore Ravens vs. San Francisco 49ers
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Regular Season Week 13

2019 Community Quarterback Award Winners

  • Edward Benesch - Fallston Volunteer Fire & Ambulance Company
  • Robert Cradle – Rob's Barbershop Community Foundation 
  • Wayman Hicks – Adopt-A-Block, Inc. 
  • Carol Shutt – Casey Cares Foundation
  • Michaela West – Good Knight Child Empowerment Network, Inc.

NFL/United Way Hometown Huddle

The Baltimore Ravens hosted their 7th annual Ravens TEAM Challenge at the UA House at Fayette operated by Living Classrooms as part of the 2018 NFL/United Way Hometown Huddle. Under the guidance of Playworks Maryland, nearly 100 students from Curtis Bay Elementary School tested their physical endurance and ability to work as a team. The day comprised of various challenges such as kickball, dodgeball, ultimate football and a dance competition. Ravens players, Cheerleaders and Poe also joined to make this day extra special for the students.

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Leidos Teams With Baltimore Ravens to Tackle Opioid Addiction

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Leidos and the Baltimore Ravens have teamed up this season to spread awareness about the ongoing opioid epidemic through a new "Tackling Opioid Addiction" campaign. For every tackle made by the Ravens during the regular season, Leidos and the Ravens will donate $50 towards the purchase of drug disposal packets and supporting Baltimore-area nonprofit organizations united in the fight to keep communities safer and healthier. For every interception and fumble forced by the Ravens defense, the organizations will donate an additional $1,000 each.

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