The Baltimore Ravens organization and its players are donating $200,000 to nine different Baltimore-area organizations through the team’s Social Justice Program. This is the third gifting from this fund, which has now awarded $500,000 to the Baltimore community this year.
“As players, we understand our platform and how it can be used to direct change in a positive way,” said Ravens outside linebacker Matthew Judon. “Our connection with the Baltimore community runs deep, and it is very important to us to not only provide financial assistance, but also our physical time and effort. It is our privilege to support so many people through these partnerships with great civic programs and law enforcement.”
“What’s impressive, we believe, is that our players initiated this effort, from personal donations through selection of the recipients,” Ravens President Dick Cass said.
Here are the recipients of the current $200,000 donations:
Baltimore City Police Department
Bridges Program Collaborative: Mission is to connect with middle school children to improve relations between the police and the community. The goal is to position officers to be seen as people, not simply enforcers, and to create an environment that fosters open dialogue and engagement with middle school students.
Explorers Program: Created to give the youth of Baltimore City an opportunity to be mentored and exposed to the law enforcement profession through extracurricular activities. The programs include technical and educational electives, where students can receive school credits and learn about policing.
Police Commissioner*’*s Basketball League: The roughly 700-participant summer league was created in 2015 with the purpose of giving Baltimore City youth a safe haven to participate in the game of basketball. It also affords the Baltimore City Police Department an avenue to reconnect with the community, have a broader reach and also a more humanistic approach, versus solely being enforcers of the law. The league services inner-city youth, ages 6 to 19, with games hosted at different venues in order to reach all sections of the city.
Bridges works with motivated Baltimore City youth from elementary school until the start of their careers. Currently, the 13-year-long system provides 270 participants, ages 9-22, with year-round programs, guidance and support with the goal of maximizing long-term potential inside and outside of school. For more information, please visit: www.bridgesbaltimore.org.
Center for Urban Families
Founded in 1999, the Center for Urban Families envisions a society where individuals have the knowledge, skills and resources to be self-sufficient; parents have the ability to provide the best for their children; and families are a solid foundation for healthy communities. CFUF has the mission to strengthen urban communities by helping fathers and families achieve stability and economic success. For more information, please visit: www.cfuf.org.
Next One Up
Building the next generation of Baltimore’s leaders one student-athlete at a time, NOU engages high-risk middle and high school students from schools throughout Baltimore City and provides long-term mentoring, education and character development that changes lives. For more information, please visit: www.nextoneup.org.
Source: Baltimore Ravens