Each week during the 2016 regular season, the Baltimore Ravens will recognize one local high school football game as its Ravens RISE High School Football Showdown.
In conjunction with The Baltimore Sun, a voting poll will be established each week to help select a game that will receive a visit from Ravens Cheerleaders and mascot Poe, have the stadium outfitted in Ravens banners and flags and obtain Ravens giveaways for fans in the stands. Additionally, a $1,000 donation will be awarded to each participating school's respective athletic program. Following the matchup, each Showdown will be highlighted with a detailed game recap and photo gallery.
Kicking off the first featured game this Saturday (9/3), the Sparrows Point Pointers (Baltimore, Md.) travel to New Town (Owings Mills, Md.) to take on the Titans at 1 p.m. New Town looks to avenge last season's 28-26 opening day loss to its Baltimore County foe, while the Pointers eye their fourth-consecutive victory over the Titans in as many years.
Voting is now open for next weekend's Ravens RISE High School Football Showdown and will close Tuesday (9/6). The games available for Week 2 are:
- Bluford Drew Jemison @ National Academy Foundation (9/9 @ 3:00 p.m.)
- Digital Harbor @ Edmondson (9/9 @ 3:45 p.m.)
- Reginald Lewis @ FAET (9/9 @ 3:45 p.m.)
To vote, please visit www.BaltimoreRavens.com/RavensRISEShowdown.
The High School Football Showdown is just one piece of Ravens RISE, the team's football outreach initiative presented by Wendy's. The program impacts a range of area football players from youth to high school, providing them with a year-round opportunity to "Play Like A Raven" through clinics, tournaments, grants, ticket donations and exclusive opportunities to play at M&T Bank Stadium and interact with Ravens players and coaches.
To learn more about Ravens RISE, go to www.BaltimoreRavens.com/RISE.