Practice Like a Raven
Few things symbolize Baltimore culture more than crabs and Ravens football. On Wednesday, July 28, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore (BGCMB) members got to experience the latter as a group from our Webster Kendrick Club traveled to Owings Mills, Md., to watch the Baltimore Ravens’ opening day of training camp.
BGCMB and the Ravens organization have built a strong relationship over the years. In 2019, the Ravens refurbished and revitalized our Webster Kendrick Club. The Ravens organization acknowledges our work in our communities, and it’s something they want to be a part of.
“We have so many areas in the city that we’re trying to touch. We know the Boys & Girls Clubs are doing amazing things, and we’re lucky to be a part of that and help them continue to make a positive impact in the community,”
said Drew Meyer, community relations coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens.
For BGCMB members, the day was full of “oohs” and “aahs” as they got to experience all that Ravens training camp entailed on the hot summer day. The day marked the first time the Ravens had fans in their training facility since 2019 and it’s safe to say that the organization and its players were just as excited as our youth. Throughout practice, players stopped by to interact with our Club members. You could tell that the players were feeding off the electric energy from the fans, and our members loved it! The more the players acknowledged them, the louder they cheered.
Watching practice wasn’t the only thing to do at the facility. From scavenger hunts to field games, the organization had more than enough activities to keep our youth entertained. One popular activity was a station that allowed fans to run routes and catch passes from facility staff. Few things bring out that competitive energy like sports, and our members used this time to display that. Some even screamed “Hollywood,” referring to Raven’s wide receiver Marquise Brown, as they caught passes.
For our Club members, this was a trip that they’ve had circled on their calendars all summer. You could see the joy in their eyes as they got to be a part of their favorite team’s practice. “I was hype! I got to see my favorite players. My home team is the Ravens. I was hype all day!” said Shaniya P.