Baltimore Ravens, Living Classrooms Foundation, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the City of Balti

On Tuesday (11/29), the Baltimore Ravens will join Living Classrooms Foundation, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the City of Baltimore and the NFL/Local Initiatives Support Coalition (LISC) Grassroots Program in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new football field at City Springs in East Baltimore. The field will offer more than 2,000 youth every year a safe place to exercise, play team sports and receive wraparound services.

The newly renovated City Springs Football Field features a regulation-size football field that will be used for physical education activities during the school day and will provide youth with safe and supervised recreation during the critical after-school hours. The program will also help youth to maintain a healthy lifestyle and achieve greater academic success, while promoting community engagement through the Living Classrooms Scholar Athlete Program. The Living Classrooms Scholar Athlete Program has been created in partnership with Joe Ehrmann's Coach for America organization with the goal of creating a national model that uses sports as a means to advance a community.

The overall vision for the field is to utilize athletics as an instrument aimed towards helping boys and girls become men and women of empathy and integrity who will lead, be responsible and positively impact their community.

Funding for the City Springs Football Field was initiated in 2009, when the Living Classrooms Foundation received a $100,000 grant from the Baltimore Ravens as part of the National Football League/LISC Grassroots Program. LISC identifies local, nonprofit, neighborhood-based agencies that have an interest in building or refurbishing football fields in schools and parks in underserved neighborhoods.

Baltimore Ravens players and cheerleaders will host a *Play 60 *football skills clinic for 125 students immediately following the press conference. The NFL's *Play 60 *campaign is designed to encourage kids to be active for at least 60 minutes a day in order to help reverse the trend of childhood obesity.

WHO:

Baltimore Ravens players, cheerleaders and staff
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
Former Colts DT Joe Ehrmann
Representatives from the Living Classrooms Foundation
NFL/Local Initiatives Support Coalition Grassroots Program
Baltimore City Recreation and Parks and City Springs School students

WHAT:

Ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new City Springs Football Field

WHERE:

City Springs Football Field
1500 E. Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21231

WHEN:

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011
11:00 a.m. – Press Conference
11:45 a.m. – Football skills clinic

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