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Heap & McClain Feel the Excitement in the Community


Heap Has It, Horace Has It

The defending state champion football team from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, currently 9-1, is headed to the regional semifinal game this Saturday, and Ravens tight end **Todd Heap** can feel the excitement.

Heap attended a pep rally for the playoff-bound team and was so impressed by the spirit and enthusiasm that if he wasn't headed to New York this weekend, he would be front row at the Dunbar vs. Forestville game.

The pep rally was held on Tuesday, Nov. 11 in conjunction with a ceremony honoring starting Dunbar linebacker Horace Miller. Miller was chosen as one of two national winners of the Nike Sparq "My Better" Championship. Heap presented Miller with a commemorative trophy for his outstanding athletic achievement.

The campaign also included a school-wide shoe design contest. The winning shoe, a red, white and blue tribute to newly elected President Barack Obama, was chosen and honored at the pep rally.

Maryland native and host of BET's 106 and Park, Big Tigger was the host for the Dunbar pep rally.

It is safe to say that Miller and his team are prepared and eager for their upcoming game held at Poly this Saturday at 1 p.m. And although Heap will be on a different sideline, he will be hoping for two wins this weekend.

McClain Gets a Birds Eye View on Nest #3

Ravens Nest No. 3 is a non-profit organization and a group of avid Ravens fans with over 80 members. The Frederick-based group enjoys tailgate parties, trips to away games and Baltimore Ravens guest speakers.

The group meets monthly, and on Tuesday, Ravens rookie linebacker **Jameel McClain** got an inside view. After the group had concluded business matters, planning visits to local charities and fundraisers for high school athletes, members had the opportunity for a Q & A session with McClain.

McClain spoke to the group about the great experience he has had in Baltimore thus far. He mentioned that fellow Syracuse alum and current teammate Adam Terry explained the loyalty and passion of Ravens fans in Baltimore before he came.

He appreciated Terry's message but did not quite comprehend the magnitude and truth of it until he stepped on the field at M&T Bank Stadium for the first game of the season.

Meeting with the group from Nest No. 3 was further confirmation of the message.

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