Orioles to Host Autism Awareness Day During Upcoming Homestand

The Orioles return home tomorrow, Friday, April 21, for a six-game homestand beginning with a three-game, weekend series against the Boston Red Sox, and finishing with a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Orioles will welcome fans back to Oriole Park with a unique Orioles Welcome Mat giveaway on Saturday, April 22, for the first 20,000 fans 15 and older. As always, students can enjoy a special discount on Friday nights and children ages 4-14 can participate in the post-game Kids Run the Bases presented by Weis Markets following Sunday games throughout the year. The Orioles will also host nearly 1,000 children as part of the OriolesREACH Gameday Experience Program throughout the homestand.

Additionally, in recognition of National Autism Awareness Month, the Orioles and OriolesREACH will partner with Autism Speaks to host Autism Awareness Day on Sunday, April 23. Discounted Upper Reserve tickets are available for purchase at www.orioles.com/autism, with $5 for every ticket sold through the website benefitting Autism Speaks, the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization. Autism Speaks is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. JAKE STIRMER, a 22-year-old on the autism spectrum will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. He was the inspiration for last fall's "Voices for Autism" event, which raised $50,000 to support the National Capital Area Chapter of Autism Speaks. Additionally, his mother, STACEY STIRMER, will be recognized as Sunday's Birdland Community Hero.

The following resources will also be available for Autism Awareness Night at Oriole Park:

 
Quiet Room: Families looking to get some reprieve for a few innings can visit Suite 73. Families can still watch the game from this area, but in a quieter, climate-controlled suite.

Information Booth: Fans can stop by the Orioles Community Booth inside of Gate D to learn more about autism, Autism Speaks, and resources available in the Baltimore community.

For more information or to purchase tickets for Autism Awareness Night, fans can visit orioles.com/autism.

BIRDLAND COMMUNITY HEROES PROGRAM

Through the Birdland Community Heroes Program, the Orioles recognize community heroes who have inspired others through their spirited commitment to extend a hand in charity, service, hope, and harmony. This recognition honors the heroism of members of our extended Orioles community from all walks of life, occupations, and diverse backgrounds living in our region, our country, and abroad, who have distinguished themselves by selflessly working or volunteering in fields that care for, serve, teach, protect, and improve the lives of others, around the corner or around the globe, who are most in need.

The Orioles recognize local Birdland Community Heroes at Oriole Park during every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday home game.

APRIL 21 - MAJOR GENERAL LINDA SINGH; for her leadership, perseverance, service, and commitment to mentoring local youth. An Adjutant General in the Maryland Army National Guard, Singh has served since 1981, including two years of service in Afghanistan. Once a homeless, high school runaway who survived abuse and sexual assault in her youth, she now mentors young women and has been inducted into the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame.

APRIL 22 - KIM CALLARI; for her tireless work at The Baltimore Station, a residential treatment facility for Homeless Veterans. Callari creates and manages all fundraising activities, special events, and grant writing, and develops and manages communications and public relations activities for the organization.

APRIL 23 - STACEY STIRMER; for her compassion and commitment to autism awareness and fundraising. Stirmer and her husband, Lloyd, helped to created two fundraising efforts for Autism Speaks -- the Course for the Cause and Voices for Autism. Stirmer is a proud mother of three adult children, including son JAKE STIRMER, who will throw the ceremonial first pitch on Sunday. Stirmer has also been a volunteer at Gilchrist Hospice Care for the last six years, where she works directly with patients in the inpatient unit as a certified end of life doula.

Through the Orioles' Great Americana Music Weekends, the club will also continue the tradition of celebrating American principles and ideals with live performances of classic, American songs during the seventh-inning stretch featuring "This Land Is Your Land" on Fridays, "America, The Beautiful" on Saturdays, and "God Bless America" on Sundays.

FRIDAY, APRIL 21

STUDENT NIGHTS

Friday nights are Student Nights at Oriole Park. Any student with a valid ID may purchase a Left Field Upper Reserve ticket for only $7 at every Friday home game during the 2017 regular season. Tickets must be purchased at the Box Office ticket windows at Oriole Park in advance or on the day of the game, subject to availability.

VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION NIGHT AT ORIOLE PARK

On Friday, April 21, the Orioles and Maryland Governor LARRY HOGAN's Office of Service and Volunteerism will host Volunteer Appreciation Night at Oriole Park during the game against the Boston Red Sox at 7:05 p.m. To celebrate, the Orioles have donated a total of 1,000 tickets to local volunteer organizations for that evening's game.

SATURDAY, APRIL 22

WTTR "BIRDS ARE BACK" RALLY

On Saturday, April 22, the annual "Birds are Back" rally, presented by longtime Orioles Radio Network affiliate WTTR Radio (1470 AM), will take place at Carroll County Farm Museum (500 S. Center Street, Westminster, Md. 21157) from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Orioles pitcher MYCHAL GIVENS and former Oriole RICK KRIVDA will attend and sign autographs for fans from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event will also include an appearance from the Oriole Bird. The event is free of charge and open to the public and to the media.

CALEB JOSEPH TO APPEAR AT POINT BREEZE CREDIT UNION IN WESTMINSTER

On Saturday, April 22, Orioles catcher CALEB JOSEPH will make an appearance at the Point Breeze Credit Union in Westminster (405 Englar Road, Westminster, Md. 21157) from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 pm. Joseph will sign autographs and greet fans. The event is free of charge and open to the public and the media.

ORIOLES WELCOME MAT GIVEAWAY

The first 20,000 fans ages 15 and over will receive an Orioles Welcome Mat prior to Saturday's game.

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND'S WILL LIKELY TO THROW CEREMONIAL FIRST PITCH

Will Likely, a defensive back and All-American punt returner from the University of Maryland will throw out Saturday's ceremonial first pitch. A senior from Belle Glade, Fla., Likely was named an Academic All-ACC selection as a freshman, a First Team All-Big Ten Selection his sophomore and junior seasons, and he holds four Maryland football records.

SAFETY PATROL NIGHT

The Orioles have donated a total of 10,000 tickets to safety patrol students throughout the state of Maryland and their families as part of two Safety Patrol Appreciation Nights this month. The first night was held on Saturday, April 8.

SUNDAY, APRIL 23

KIDS RUN THE BASES PRESENTED BY WEIS MARKETS

Sundays are family days at the ballpark, when all fans ages 4-14 will be able to participate in a postgame Kids Run the Bases, presented by Weis Markets. This is the second of 13 Sunday home games when kids can round the bases like their favorite Orioles.

JUNIOR ORIOLES DUGOUT CLUB GAME

On Sunday, thousands of children who participate in the Junior Orioles Dugout Club will be in attendance to root for the Orioles. The game will be the first of the season for Ace Plan members. Kids ages 14 and under who join the Club receive a membership card, a lanyard and ticket holder, a subscription to Orioles Kids magazine, an Orioles cap, sport socks, tickets to six pre-selected Orioles games, all in a Dugout Club backpack. Friends and family members of Dugout Club members can purchase tickets on Dugout Club days for as low as $6 each. While the Ace Plan is sold out, the Slugger Plan is still available for fans to purchase with its first game taking place on Saturday, May 6. Fans can visit orioles.com/dugoutclub to learn more.

MILITARY APPRECIATION PROGRAM PRESENTED BY GEICO

As part of the Orioles' Military Appreciation Program presented 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, April 23, military members from LUKE'S WINGS will enjoy the game against the Boston Red Sox in a suite, experience a meet-and-greet with CHRIS DAVIS and J.J. HARDY, and receive a T-shirt and cap.

STEAL SECOND BASE PRESENTED BY ESSKAY

The Orioles will again feature the Steal Second Base contest during every Sunday home game this season. Presented by ESSKAY, the Steal Second Base contest challenges a young fan to race from the grounds crew area in center field to second base and back. Fans can enter the contest at any Fan Assistance Center. The lucky winner will receive four tickets to that day's game, an Orioles/ESSKAY jersey T-shirt and an Orioles cap. The contestants will also get to keep the authentic base that they steal. The participant for Sunday, April 23, is RILEY ROBEL, an 11-year-old from Baltimore, Md.

MONDAY, APRIL 24

CHRIS DAVIS TO VISIT UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL

On Monday, April 24, Orioles first baseman CHRIS DAVIS and his wife, JILL, will visit the University of Maryland Children's Hospital (UMCH) to spend time with children battling cancer. This event will not be open to media. The Davis family announced a new partnership with UMCH in December. Together, they serve as ambassadors for the children's hospital and help to raise awareness for childhood illnesses.

MISS MARYLAND ADRIANNA DAVID TO THROW CEREMONIAL FIRST PITCH

Adrianna David, Miss Maryland USA 2017, will throw out Monday's ceremonial first pitch. A Rockville, Md. native, David is an Orioles fan. She is enrolled at the University of Maryland as a double-degree in Theatre and Communication Studies. She is also a co-founder of the nonprofit organization Charities Angels. David will compete in the Miss USA pageant on Sunday, May 14.

ORIOLES ALUMNI AUTOGRAPH SERIES

Every Monday and Thursday home game, former Orioles players will sign autographs on Eutaw Street as part of the Orioles Alumni Autograph Series. On April 24, former Orioles AL BUMBRY, KEN DIXON, and JOHN STEFERO will sign autographs from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the autograph location will take place on the Lower Level Concourse near the Fan Assistance Center behind home plate.