The sound of the crack of a bat… the smell of fresh cut grass... the taste of dirt after a head-first slide. These are some of the best memories we have of youth baseball and softball. The Orioles are committed to creating positive, lasting memories for the youth of today and the big leaguers of tomorrow.
Play Ball Weekend
The Orioles joined all 29 other clubs in celebrating Major League Baseball's Play Ball Weekend - a league-wide campaign to encourage youth participation in all forms of baseball and softball activities. In 2018, the Orioles held the following events during Play Ball Weekend.
In 2018, the Orioles have begun a partnership with USA Baseball to provide an introductory level bat-and-ball program, Fun At Bat, to Baltimore City Public Schools in an effort to promote interest in baseball and softball, impacting up to 55,000 Baltimore City youth. As part of the partnership, the Orioles hosted a Fun At Bat event at James Mosher Elementary School with MYCHAL GIVENS and the Oriole Bird on April 27 during Play Ball Weekend.
The Orioles conducted a clinic for 100 Fort Meade youth baseball players at the Fort Meade Military Base on April 28. Orioles players helped teach baseball fundamentals with a focus on baserunning, fielding, hitting, and throwing with the support of Fort Meade youth baseball coaches. The Orioles provided each participant with giveaways and tickets to that evening's game against the Tigers.
The Orioles Advocates Challenger Baseball program held their Annual Fantasy Camp Clinic for Challenger Athletes on April 28. This year, approximately 60 Challenger Athletes with physical and developmental challenges selected from Challenger Baseball programs throughout Maryland and Pennsylvania had the opportunity to learn baseball skills from Orioles pitcher RICHARD BLEIER and former Orioles players. The event was held at Lake Waterford Park in Pasadena, Md.
On April 29, the Orioles hosted 2018's first Youth Baseball & Softball Day presented by Maryland 529. More than 10,000 pre-registered youth baseball and softball players participated in a pre-game parade around the warning track and were greeted by Orioles players as they walked by the dugout. Teams, dressed in their uniforms, carried banners and waved to their family members as they rounded the field. The second Youth Baseball & Softball Day will be held on Sunday, May 13.
Baltimore Orioles RBI Program
Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) is a youth outreach program designed to promote interest in baseball, increase the self-esteem of disadvantaged children, and encourage kids to stay in school and stay off the streets. The program is a national Major League Baseball initiative administered and financially supported by the Orioles at a local level. The Orioles have been a proud sponsor of RBI since 1989. In 2018, over 600 Baltimore City youth participated in the Orioles RBI program.
'Have A Catch'
Expanding upon Major League Baseball's successful PLAY BALL campaign, the Orioles launched the 'Have A Catch' campaign, to encourage children, and fans of all ages, to go outside and enjoy a game of catch.