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Orioles team up with classrooms to provide "Condition U" program for youth

The Orioles and Living Classrooms have teamed up to develop a healthy lifestyles program through which 25 middle school students will work with JOE HOGARTY and RYAN CROTIN from the Baltimore Orioles strength and conditioning staff, in partnership with the health and wellness staff at the Patterson Park Youth Sports and Education Center Powered by Under Armour.

The program, "Condition U," will be held twice a week at the Patterson Park Youth Sports and Education Center Powered by Under Armour. Through this program, the Orioles will promote healthy living and encourage youth to take part in athletics while educating them on the tools needed to maintain long-term physical fitness. Participants will include boys and girls ages 12-14 from East Baltimore who have shown interest across a variety of sports. Students will meet with Orioles strength and conditioning coaches once each month to test their progression in seven areas of fitness building defined by the National Presidential Youth Fitness Program: speed, relative strength, strength endurance, lower body power, aerobic power, agility and functional mobility.

The program will run from May through August on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with the kickoff event taking place on Wednesday, May 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All participants will receive tickets to an Orioles game, and the two most improved students at the end of the program will be recognized on field during a special pregame ceremony on Tuesday, September 10 before the Orioles take on the New York Yankees.




The Orioles, Major League Baseball and Susan G. Komen for the Cure have announced the winner of the Honorary Bat Girl contest, a campaign to recognize incredible MLB fans who are going to bat against breast cancer in their daily lives. The winner of the contest for the Orioles is KRISTA McKENZIE-McELWAIN of Walkersville, MD, a mother of three who was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer in October 2011. She works two jobs, one as a pediatric nutritionist and the other in financial aid at her daughter's school. McKenzie-McElwain will be recognized in a special on-field ceremony tonight prior to the Orioles' 7:05 p.m. game against the San Diego Padres and will also throw out the ceremonial first pitch. She will also receive a Majestic customized jersey, a certificate signed by the Commissioner, a pink Rawlings stitched baseball, pink wristbands and pink ribbon decals. 

The Orioles have also donated 200 tickets to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Maryland supporters to attend the game on May 14. Members from Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Maryland will be at the Community Booth located by Gate D and will have an auction table set up next to the booth with commemorative items including a pink bat signed by current Orioles and pink Under Armour shoes signed by Manager BUCK SHOWALTER.

The Honorary Bat Girl contest was developed to raise additional awareness and support for the annual Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer program, a joint program between MLB and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world's largest breast cancer organization.



On Friday, May 17, Claude "Shug" McGaughey, the trainer of the Kentucky Derby winning horse, Orb, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Orioles' game against the Tampa Bay Rays. McGaughey resides in Lexington, KY. Orb will race in the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore on May 18.



On Saturday, May 18th, Oriole Advocates Challenger Baseball and OriolesReach will welcome 800 participants of the Challenger League baseball program from Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Challenger teams provide children with physical and developmental challenges the opportunity to enjoy the experiences that playing baseball provides. During a pre-game ceremony each year, one member of the Challenger Baseball Community is awarded the John Salony Memorial Award for his or her efforts in supporting Challenger Baseball.

John Salony had a vision to provide recreational activities for children with special needs when few such activities existed and co-founded Challenger Baseball in Maryland over 25 years ago. This year the Orioles are pleased to have Charlene Salony to present the John Salony Memorial Award to Wayne Trigg for his dedication and support to the Frederick, MD Challenger Little League. Wayne is passionate about ensuring that all ballplayers with disabilities are the safest they can be on the field. Wayne ensures that there is complete safety at all games by inspecting the fields before the games, ensuring that all coaches have their equipment on hand, that all players use helmets and that each player is protected by another individual while out in the field. He was instrumental in developing a safety and CPR training program for all league managers, coaches, team moms, and volunteers.

Representatives from Oriole Advocates Challenger Baseball will be on hand on May 18, including Chairman George Bollock, President of the Oriole Advocates, Bill Moon, and President of the Oriole Advocates Charitable Foundation, Don Blum. Six players from the Challenger League will also be a part of the on-field ceremony to represent all those who participate in the program.



On Tuesday, May 21, ADAM JONES and Yankees pitcher DAVID ROBERTSON will represent all Major League baseball players when they present a check in the amount of $10,000 to the Cool Kids Campaign Foundation located in Towson, MD. The Cool Kids Campaign was co-founded by Rob Belanger, son of the late Oriole great and MLBPA Special Assistant, Mark Belanger, and its mission is to improve the quality of life of children living with cancer. The funds from the Players Association and proceeds from other events, including the Ken Singleton Celebrity Golf Classic, enable the Cool Kids Foundation to create programs for the children and their families, including a new learning center.



On Wednesday, May 22, Baltimore Ravens cornerback LARDARIUS WEBB will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Orioles' game against the New York Yankees. Webb has played four seasons with the Ravens, compiling 181 tackles, two sacks and eight interceptions.




On Thursday, May 16, BUCK and ANGELA SHOWALTER will be honorees at the Maryland Food Bank Founders Day Event. The Showalters will be recognized for their leadership and commitment to the community, including their work with the KidsPeace organization and efforts to support the Maryland Food Bank. The evening will also celebrate the 18-year partnership between the Orioles organization and the Maryland Food Bank, including financial support, food drives and volunteering.



On Tuesday, May 21 from 11 a.m. to noon, Miguel Gonzalez will make an appearance at Highlandtown Elementary/Middle School #237, where 50 percent of students are Spanish-speaking. Gonzalez will speak in Spanish with an English interpreter about cultural diversity and good sportsmanship as part of the "Let's Play Fair" program. After the visit, students will complete a writing assignment to research other notable figures who have persevered in the face of challenges. Authors of the top three essays will receive an Orioles prize pack, including game tickets.




On Wednesday, May 15, OriolesREACH, in partnership with MASN and WJZ TV, will host the sixth annual Field Trip Day when the Orioles take on the San Diego Padres. Over 10,000 students from local schools will be at Oriole Park at Camden Yards to learn about the weather from WJZ TV'S First Warning Weather Team of Bob Turk, Chelsea Ingram and Tim Williams. Orioles Head Groundskeeper Nicole McFadyen will speak to the students as well.



On Saturday, May 18, the Orioles will host an exclusive fundraising event for Shannon's Fund, an endowment at the University of Maryland Medical Center that provides financial assistance to hospital patients in need. For $50, fans will receive a left field lower box game ticket and enjoy a pre-game party on the Roof Deck that will include visits from BRADY ANDERSON, MIKE BORDICK and DAVE JOHNSON. Today is the last day to purchase tickets for this event.

The Oriole Bird will pose for photos with fans attending the event, which will take place from 1:45-3:30 p.m. Light refreshments, including two complimentary drink tickets, will be included, along with an Orioles gift bag for each guest. Tickets for the Shannon's Fund event are available at The Orioles' game against the Rays will begin at 4:05 p.m.

From the time gates open until 6:00 p.m., the Orioles will conduct a silent auction of Orioles memorabilia and autographed items on the main concourse behind home plate, with proceeds to benefit Shannon's Fund. Among items available for bid are a lineup card from Game 2 of the 2012 AL Division Series, a Cal Ripken 2131 baseball and autographed jerseys from JIM JOHNSON, DARREN O'DAY, BRIAN ROBERTS and MIKE BORDICK. This is the second year the fundraiser has been held; last year's event raised $10,000 for Shannon's Fund.

In 2008, the Orioles and OriolesREACH established the fund, 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 Sunday, May 19, the Orioles will host their second Little League Day at Oriole Park. Approximately 8,000 pre-registered youth baseball participants will take part in a pre-game parade around the warning track and meet Orioles players as they walk by the dugout. Teams dressed in their uniforms will carry banners and wave to their family members as they round the field. The parade begins at noon, with first pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays set for 1:35 p.m.



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, May 19, military members from the US Department of Veterans Affairs, Vet Center will enjoy the game vs. the Tampa Bay Rays from a catered suite, have an opportunity for a meet and greet with BRIAN MATUSZ and TOMMY HUNTER and receive an Under Armour player t-shirt.



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, the contestants will also get to keep the authentic base that they steal. This Sunday's winner is Ellie Blanchard, a 10-year old from Mount Molly Springs, PA. 



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:


DATE                     ORGANIZATION     

Tue, May 14                Mental Health Association of Montgomery County

                                    Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Maryland

Wed, May 15               No Kill Harford Animal Rescue

Fri, May 17                  Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League

Sat, May 18                Baltimore Humane Society & Shannon's Fund Silent Auction

Sun, May 19                Babe Ruth Foundation

Mon, May 20               Mid-Atlantic German Shepherd & MLBPAA Silent Auction

Tue, May 21                Dog Rescue of MD & MLBPAA Silent Auction

Wed, May 22               GoldHeart Golden Retriever Rescue & MLBPAA Silent Auction




This season, OriolesREACH will again host thousands of underprivileged youth as part of the 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 WILSON BETEMIT, ALEXI CASILLA, WEI- YIN CHEN, JASON HAMMEL, J.J. HARDY, TOMMY HUNTER, ADAM JONES, BRIAN MATUSZ, NICK MARKAKIS, NATE MCLOUTH, CHRIS TILLMAN, TSUYOSHI WADA and MATT WIETERS. The following organizations will attend games at Oriole Park during this homestand, courtesy of these Orioles players:


DATE            ORGANIZATION                                   SIZE             PLAYER SPONSOR

Tue, May 14    Logan Elementary School                               150                 Chris Tillman

Wed, May 15   Belle Grove Elementary                                  150                 Adam Jones

Fri, May 17      Bollman Bridge Elementary                            150                 Jason Hammel

Sat, May 18    S.P.R.O.U.T.                                                     150                 Wei-Yin Chen

Sun, May 19    Chase Elementary School                               150                 Chris Tillman

Mon, May 20   Charlesmont Elementary School                    150                 J.J. Hardy

Tue, May 21    Sharp Leadenhall Elementary School                        150                 Nate McLouth

Wed, May 22   Armistead Elementary/Middle School                       150                 Nick Markakis




DATE            ITEM/OFFER             SPONSOR              ELIGIBILITY

Tue, May 14    Ollie's Bargain Night   Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Upper Reserve seats are $9

Wed, May 15   Field Trip Day              MASN & WJZ-TV          Pre-registered school groups

Fri, May 17      AT&T Student Night    AT&T                            LF Upper Reserve $6 for all students

Sat, May 18    Junior Orioles Dugout Club                             Pre-registered Dugout club members

Sun, May 19    Little League Day                                           Pre-registered Little Leaguers

Tue, May 21    Ollie's Bargain Night   Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Upper Reserve seats are $9

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