On Saturday, August 11, Hall of Famer EDDIE MURRAY will be the fourth Oriole honored as part of the Orioles Legends Celebration Series. A larger-than-life bronze sculpture of Murray will be revealed in a ceremony in the Legends Area beyond center field beginning at 5:15 p.m. All gates open at 5:00 p.m., and all fans in attendance will receive a replica of the sculpture. Murray will also be honored in an on-field ceremony and will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game.
Earlier this season the Orioles honored FRANK ROBINSON, EARL WEAVER and JIM PALMER. Two more ceremonies are scheduled for CAL RIPKEN JR. (September 6) and BROOKS ROBINSON (September 29). Fans are encouraged to visit www.orioles.com/legends for more information and to purchase tickets for the unveilings.
IN THE COMMUNITY
UNDER ARMOUR/WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT BACKPACK BUILD
On Tuesday, August 7, RHP CHRIS TILLMAN and INF MARK REYNOLDS will assist Under Armour in stuffing 150 backpacks for wounded servicemen and women. The Under Armour/Wounded Warrior Project Backpack Build will take place from noon - 3:30 p.m. at the Under Armour distribution center in Curtis Bay. This activity is not open to the public but credentialed media members are invited to attend.
LUIS AYALA AT THE ORIOLES TEAM STORE IN YORK, PA
On Friday, August 10, LUIS AYALA will make an appearance at the Orioles Official Team Store in the York Galleria Mall in York, PA from 11:00 a.m. - noon. Ayala will sign autographs and greet fans. This event is free of charge and open to the public.
TEACH FOR AMERICA AND ORIOLES WIVES PROJECT
Next week, in partnership with Teach for America and Baltimore City Schools, OriolesREACH will help provide Baltimore City School students with the learning environment they deserve. Orioles Wives and family members along with Orioles employees, city school students, parents, and staff of Friendship Academy of Science and Technology are coming together to brighten the school with a fresh coat of paint. With the beginning of the new school year, the students will be able to focus on their academics as they work to reach the high expectations being set for them. Teach for America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. For more information about Teach for America visit their website at www.teachforamerica.org.
AT THE BALLPARK
On Tuesday, August 7, the Orioles will welcome 150 youth from KidsPeace who are taking part in the OriolesREACH game day experience. KidsPeace is an organization dedicated to serving the behavioral and mental health needs of children, preadolescents, teens and young adults, offering a comprehensive range of residential treatment programs; accredited educational services; and a variety of foster care and community-based programs to give hope, help and healing to children, families and communities. KidsPeace offers services in Georgia, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia. During pre-game ceremonies KidsPeace foster parent DJ Jordan will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Orioles Manager BUCK SHOWALTER and his wife ANGELA have teamed up with KidsPeace for a third year and invite fans to join them to run or walk in the annual 5K on Sunday, October 27th to raise awareness and funds for foster care youth in Maryland. Fans who are interested can receive more information by visiting the KidsPeace Community Booth by Gate D on August 7 or register to run at www.kidspeace.org or on race day at O'Donnell Square, beginning at 7:30 a.m. The entry fee for runners is $40 ($35 if you register prior to Oct. 1). The first 400 registered runners will receive an Under Armour race T-shirt.
VOICE OF BALTIMORE WINNER TO SING NATIONAL ANTHEM
On Tuesday, August 7, Stephanie Bowen, the winner of the Voice of Baltimore, will sing the National Anthem. Bowen, of Bel Air, MD was chosen out of 17 finalists and more than 100 area singers as the Voice of Baltimore. The final competition was held at Padonia Station in Timonium on July 23. All proceeds went to benefit the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation. The Orioles donated a Nick Markakis bat and autographed baseballs for the charity raffle.
HEART AND HUSTLE AWARD WINNER; ADAM JONES
The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association has announced ADAM JONES as the winner of the 2012 Heart and Hustle Award. Former Orioles pitcher DAVE JOHNSON will present the award to Jones in a pre-game ceremony on Wednesday, August 8. The Annual Heart and Hustle Award recognizes one player on each Major League team who demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirit and traditions of the game. The award is a departure from the standard recognition of pure on-field performance and instead recognizes the intangible values of a true team player and leader. Of the 30 winners from each Major League team, one player will be chosen as the final Heart and Hustle Award recipient, as voted on by the more than 6,000 members of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association. This winner will be announced at the Legends for Youth Dinner, held in New York City on November 13, 2012.
ORIOLES AND CHEVY TO HOST YOUTH BASEBALL CLINIC
On Wednesday, August 8, the Orioles will host the last of three "Chevy Youth Baseball Clinics" taking place at Oriole Park this summer. 100 kids from the surrounding Baltimore metro area will take the field from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and participate in a variety of baseball-related activities including base running, batting off of a tee, fielding, and pitching. CHRIS DAVIS will also meet with the kids and sign autographs. At the conclusion of the clinic participants will receive hot dogs, pretzels, and beverages provided by the Orioles. Each participant also receives two tickets to that night's game against the Seattle Mariners.
SHANNON'S FUND CHECK PRESENTATION
In 2008, the Orioles and OriolesREACH established Shannon's Fund, an endowment at the University of Maryland Medical Center to provide financial assistance to hospital patients and their families. Created in memory of Shannon Obaker - the team's former Director of Community Outreach who bravely fought cancer for over a year before passing away in 2007 at age 29 - Shannon's Fund is administered by the University of Maryland Medical Center. Funds are donated to patients and their family members as need arises to assist with the general expenses associated with the treatment process, including hospital parking, alternate housing, food costs and household bills.
On Friday, June 29, the Orioles hosted a private, exclusive fundraising event for Shannon's Fund. Fans enjoyed a visit by BRIAN ROBERTS, BRADY ANDERSON and MIKE BORDICK, refreshments, a gift bag and a lower left-field box seat. Over $10,000 was raised for the University of Maryland Medical Center to support Shannon's Fund. On Friday, August 10, the Orioles will present a check valued at $10,050 to Shannon's Fund and the University of Maryland Medical Center. Members of Shannon's Family will help present the check to representatives of UMMS.
LIBRARY PARTNERSHIP, SUMMER READING PROGRAM
On Wednesday, August 10, the Orioles will welcome the new Maryland Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Lillian Lowery, and the Maryland State Librarian, Irene Padilla, along with the 2012 Summer Reading Representative students. These students are the representatives of over 150,000 children all over Maryland who participated in the 2012 Summer Reading Club, DREAM BIG. Participants registered at their local public library and completed a "reading log" by reading books, graphic novels or magazines. The Baltimore Orioles supported the 2012 Summer Reading Program, donating tickets to every library branch in Maryland. The Summer Reading Program is a cooperative project between the local public libraries, such as Enoch Pratt Free Library and Baltimore County Public Library, the Maryland State Department of Education, and the Division of Library Development and Services, with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
KIDS RUN THE BASES POST GAME
Following the game on Sunday, August 12 against the Kansas City Royals, the Orioles and OriolesREACH will host Kids Run the Bases on the field at Oriole Park. Fans 14 and under who attended the game are invited to line up outside of Gate D at the end of the game to go on-field and run the bases. Registration is not necessary and there is no charge to participate in the event.
BULLPEN CLINIC FOR STATE SPORTS VISITOR PROGRAM
On Tuesday, August 14 from 3:00 - 3:30 p.m., Orioles pitchers LUIS AYALA and MIGUEL GONZALEZ will hold a bullpen clinic and meet with 25 male and female baseball and softball players from Ecuador, Panama, and Mexico from the U.S. Department of State Sports Visitor Program. The two-week program is structured to provide an opportunity for the youth to learn about sports in the U.S. by participating in numerous activities with their American peers. The focus of the program is on nutritional education, conflict resolution and disability sports. This marks the second consecutive year that the Sports Visitor Program will attend a clinic at Camden Yards.
ORIOLES PLAYER AND PET CALENDAR PRESENTED BY SOUTHWEST ON SALE
The fourth annual Orioles Player and Pet Calendar, presented by Southwest Airlines, will go on sale on Tuesday, August 14 at www.orioles.com. Proceeds from the sales of the calendar, which has sold out each of the last three seasons, will benefit the Baltimore Animal and Rescue Care Shelter (BARCS). The 15-month full-color calendars are $15.
Orioles players were photographed with their pets and with pets up for adoption at BARCS. Many Orioles participated, including manager BUCK SHOWALTER with his four Bassett Hounds Sader, Webster, Jasper & Opie; MATT WIETERS with his German Shepherd rescue, Millie, and rescue cats, Omaha & Ducky; ADAM JONES with his Lab mix rescue named Missy; and JJ HARDY with Dutchhess, a Shepherd-Husky mix from BARCS.
BARCS needs over 1,679 adoptions August 1 to October 31 to be eligible to receive a $100,000 prize from ASPCA's national Rachael Ray 100K challenge. Adoption fees will be waived during this time. Through this funding, BARCS will be able to assist hundreds of additional animals in need in the Baltimore area. For additional information, see http://www.baltimoreanimalshelter.org.
ORIOLES MILITARY APPRECIATION PROGRAM
As part of the Orioles' Military Appreciation Program, sponsored by GEICO, the Orioles and OriolesREACH donate a catered private suite at each Sunday home game at Oriole Park to servicemen and women. This Sunday, August 12, military members from Our Military Kids will enjoy the game vs. the Kansas City Royals from a catered suite and will have an opportunity for a meet and greet with MATT WIETERS, and receive an Under Armour Player t-shirt.
STEAL SECOND BASE PRESENTED BY ESSKAY
The Orioles will again feature the Steal Second Base contest for every Sunday home game this season. Presented by ESSKAY, the Steal Second Base contest allows a young fan to participate in a timed race from the grounds crew area in center field to retrieve second base. Fans can sign up for the opportunity at the ballpark at any Fan Assistance Center. The lucky winner will receive four tickets to that day's game, gift certificates to use inside the park, an Orioles jersey and an Orioles prize pack. This year, for the first time, the contestants will also get to keep the authentic base that they steal. This Sunday's winner is Keon Dance, an eleven year old from Baltimore.
GIANT FOOD HONORARY BAT KIDS
Once again, the Orioles have partnered with Giant Food stores this summer to host the Giant Honorary Bat Kids program. Children ages 6-14 can enter by filling out an entry form at select Giant Food stores and submitting in the entry box in the store or mailing the form directly to the Baltimore Orioles. This program will take place through August 30. One boy and one girl will be selected to be the Honorary Bat Kids at each Orioles game, excluding Sundays. Winners will receive four tickets to the game, on-field access to watch Orioles batting practice and the opportunity to receive autographs, an Orioles t-shirt and hat. Each winner will also participate in an on-field, pre-game ceremony where they are presented with an official Honorary Bat Boy/Girl certificate and have a photo opportunity with the Oriole Bird.
ORIOLES REACH COMMUNITY BOOTH
During each home game the Orioles provide a community booth for charitable, non-profit organizations to distribute information, sell raffle tickets, register participants or conduct health care screenings for Orioles fans. The following groups will be at the community booth, located near Gate D, during this homestand:
|Mon, August 6||Operation Shoebox|
|Tue, August 7||KidsPeace|
|Wed, August 8||Traffic Safety Program|
|Thu, August 9||Gold Star Mothers Maryland Chapter, Inc.|
|Fri, August 10||Reach out Rescue and Resources|
|Sat, August 11||All Shepherd Rescue|
|Sun, August 12||Gold Heart Golden Retriever Rescue|
|Tue, August 14||Pets on Wheels|
|Wed, August 15||Dog Rescue of MD|
|Thu, August 16||Special Olympics MD|
ORIOLES REACH GAMEDAY EXPERIENCE PROGRAM
This season, OriolesREACH will again host thousands of underprivileged youth as part of the OriolesREACH Gameday Experience Program. Group members receive game tickets, concessions vouchers, an Orioles t-shirt, a cap and transportation to and from the game. Tickets are provided courtesy of Orioles players. Players participating in the program this year include ROBERT ANDINO, WILSON BETEMIT, WEI-YIN CHEN, KEVIN GREGG, JJ HARDY, TOMMY HUNTER, ADAM JONES and NICK MARKAKIS. The following organizations will attend games at Oriole Park during this homestand, courtesy of these Orioles players:
|Mon, August 6||Celebration of Life Christian Ministry||150||Adam Jones|
|Tue, August 7||KidsPeace||150||Nick Markakis|
|Wed, August 8||Saint Wenceslaus Church||150||Tommy Hunter|
|Thu, August 9||People's Community Health Center||150||Wei-Yin Chen|
|Fri, August 10||First Mount Olive Free Will Baptist Church||150||JJ Hardy|
|Sat, August 11||Israel Baptist Church||150||Wilson Betemit|
|Sun, August 12||North Point Village Civic Association Inc.||150||Kevin Gregg|
|Tue, August 14||Operation Timothy, Rites of Passage Mentoring Program||150||Tommy Hunter|
|Wed, August 15||Holy Nativity Episcopal Church and Diamonds On The Rise||150||Wei-Yin Chen|
|Thu, August 16||Victorious Ministries International||150||Nick Markakis|
GIVEAWAYS AND TICKET OFFERS
|Tue, August 7||Ollie's Bargain Night||Ollie's Bargain Outlet||All fans|
|Wed, August 8||Dugout Club Day||Pre-registered Dugout||Club Members|
|Thu, August 9||Wei-Yin Chen T-Shirt Thursday||First 10,000 fans (15 and over)|
|Fri, August 10||AT&T Student Night||AT&T||Upper Reserve seats|
$6 for students with valid school ID
|Sat, August 11||Eddie Murray Replica Sculpture||All fans|
|Sun, August 12||Dugout Club Day||Pre-registered Dugout|
|Kids Run the Bases (Postgame)||All kids (14 and under)|
|Tue, August 14||Ollie's Bargain Night||Ollie's Bargain Outlet||All fans|
|Wed, August 15||Orioles Collectible Truck||W.B. Mason||First 10,000 kids (14 and under)|