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Press Release: Baltimore Ravens Host Fifth Annual L.I.F.T. Conference


The Baltimore Ravens will host the Fifth Annual L.I.F.T. (Leading and Inspiring Females to Thrive) Conference on Wednesday, April 10 at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills. The event will begin at 8:35 a.m.

The L.I.F.T. Conference is a leadership seminar for female student-athletes from local high schools. Current freshmen, sophomores and juniors from Maryland high schools were invited to apply for the conference, with many receiving referrals from their coaches and/or athletic directors. The criteria to be selected included those student-athletes who serve as both an "untitled leader" and "unsung hero" for their respective sports programs.

The event is designed to empower the next generation of female student-athletes and develop their leadership skills, helping them succeed both on and off the playing field. L.I.F.T. engages the young women in conversation about how their sports skills translate to their off-field endeavors (relationships, college preparation, workplace, professional sports arena, etc.). The students will have an opportunity to hear from Ravens head coach John Harbaugh (8:35 a.m.), as well as motivational speaker Rayna DuBose (9:50 a.m.). DuBose, a quadruple amputee, is a former collegiate basketball player and currently coaches both basketball and football at Marriott's Ridge (Marriottsville, Md.) High School. To learn more about Rayna's inspiring story, please click here.

Strive, How You Lead Matters will lead an interactive discussion with the group before it breaks into a workout session designed to help the students discover how their on-field skills can be applied to their personal and professional lives. A second group discussion will then take place in the late morning. Strive provides highly-specialized leadership training to a nationally-diverse group of student-athletes, coaches and adult leaders through residential summer programs and in-school workshops. Since 1996, Strive has taught leadership qualities to students and educators from more than 40 states and seven countries worldwide.

*Who:    *John Harbaugh (Head Coach, Baltimore Ravens)

Linda Schirmeister-Gess (Director of Development, Strive)

              Rayna DuBose (Former Division One Basketball Player, Motivational Speaker, Quadruple Amputee)

              Caroline Fitzsimmons (Personal Trainer)

              Maryland-Area High School Female Student Athletes

*What:   *Baltimore Ravens L.I.F.T. Conference Baltimore Ravens L.I.F.T. Conference

Where: Under Armour Performance Center

               1 Winning Drive

               Owings Mills, MD 21117

When:  Wednesday, April 10

               8:35 a.m.

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