On Tuesday, April 14, Ravens running back Ray Rice took on a challenge to determine if he was smarter than a second grader. However, for this competition, there was no TV studio, game show prizes or Jeff Foxworthy as a host.
Instead, Rice visited Ms. Dworin's second grade class at Harford Heights Elementary School (Baltimore, Md.) to support Teach for America Week 2010. Dworin is a Teach for America teacher in her second year at Harford Heights.
The competition allowed each of the 20 students the opportunity to go head-to-head with the Pro Bowler and test their math skills on football-related questions. Rice playfully talked trash to the students throughout the contest, whispering answers to his opponents and delaying writing his answers until the student had held up their effort. Although he outscored the class 19-10, Rice had one final math lesson to conclude the game. He walked up to the white board at the front of the class where Ms. Dworin had been tallying the scores and combined his total with the second grade class's total before writing, "Ray Rice and 2nd graders – Total 29. Everybody wins!"
The class then took the opportunity to get to know Rice a little better. Each student had a prepared question for Rice ranging from how he developed his muscles to what his elementary school experience was like as a child. Rice likened the preparation and training for a game to preparing and studying for an exam. He told the students that neither is easy, but the more prepared they were, the better their chance for a favorable outcome. Rice capped off the visit by signing autographs for each of the students and wishing them luck on their upcoming Stanford testing.
When all was said and done, the students were able to meet one of their favorite Ravens and Rice was able to act like a kid for a couple hours. It looks like he got it right, everybody won.
Health Care for the Homeless
Ravens QB John Beck and S Tom Zbikowski joined representatives from CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield on Wednesday (4/14) to present a $100,000 check to Health Care for the Homeless. For every touchdown scored by the Ravens during a home game in the 2009 season, CareFirst contributed $1,000 to Health Care for the Homeless. This year's contribution of $100,000, representing additional support from CareFirst, will help to establish the CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Pediatric Clinic at the nonprofit's newly open headquarters in Baltimore City.
Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) provides a comprehensive range of medical care, mental health services, social services, addiction treatment, outreach, dental care, prison reentry services, housing, and access to employment for thousands of Marylanders annually at clinic sites in Baltimore City, Frederick, and in Montgomery, Harford, and Baltimore Counties. Seventy-five percent of HCH clients are uninsured.
Immediately following the check presentation, the two Ravens players served lunch to HCH clients, alongside CareFirst executives. Since 2003, the Baltimore Ravens and CareFirst have helped raise $212,000 for Health Care for the Homeless through the Community Touchdowns program. In all, CareFirst has contributed $576,000 to the valuable programs led by Health Care for the Homeless in Baltimore City.
"Health Care for the Homeless has accomplished extraordinary things for Baltimore City, helping to bring medical and dental care to thousands of people who otherwise would be forced to go without," said Burrell. "Our hope, in partnership with Health Care for the Homeless and the Baltimore Ravens, is for the pediatric clinic to directly serve this critical area of need."