Ravens wide receiver Mark Clayton continued to foster his ongoing relationship at The SEED School of Baltimore by hosting a back-to-school festival for 160 sixth and seventh grade students on September 8.
With football and fall around the corner and the sugary scent of cotton candy in the air, Clayton and the students enjoyed a variety of activities including face-painting, tug-o-war and the moon bounce. Students danced to some of their favorite songs and tested their athletic skills in a quarterback challenge and free throw shooting contests. Clayton demonstrated that his offensive skills span beyond the wide receiver position as he threw several tight spirals with the group.
The students were thrilled to have a night off from homework, but even more excited to spend time with the wideout from their favorite team. In an unintentional game of follow-the-leader, there was an eager crowd of students constantly surrounding Clayton, hoping to talk to him and get his autograph. Clayton was happy to sign footballs, T-shirts and even the soles of their shoes.
Beyond his autographs, Clayton has clearly made an impression on the students and was happy to share stories with the group, several of whom he's talked with before.
No stranger to The SEED School and the key character values the public boarding school instills, the Mark Clayton Foundation hosted a pizza party during the school's inaugural academic year. Clayton also helped the school celebrate its second birthday by outfitting all of the students with their school supplies this year.
With the Ravens home opener against the Chiefs on Sunday, Clayton certainly has 160 fans at The SEED School cheering him on.