On Friday, July 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., ADAM JONES, the Orioles Wives, Orioles front office employees and volunteers from the Brooklyn O'Malley Boys and Girls Club will have a ground-breaking ceremony leading into the opening stages of construction for the new Technology and Learning Center at the Boys and Girls Club's facility at 3560 3rd Street in Baltimore.
Earlier this season, the Orioles Charitable Foundation and Jones donated $75,000 to the Club to renovate and expand the Technology and Learning Center. When complete, the renovation will enhance the Boys and Girls Club's ability to provide educational support, computer skill development and career enrichment, college preparatory and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) programs to its at-risk and underserved members. The new Technology and Learning Center will also be utilized by community members for employment search, financial literacy, GED and career and educational support.
Jones, who was a member of the Encanto Boys and Girls Club as a youth in San Diego, has been an active supporter of the Metropolitan Baltimore Boys and Girls Clubs throughout his time with the Orioles.
Once the project is complete, Jones will join members for an official ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the new Center. The Orioles are also donating a player-used, autographed and authenticated regulation size ping-pong table to the Club. Accredited media who wish to cover this event should RSVP to Amanda Sarver at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IN THE COMMUNITY
CHRIS TILLMAN AT BETH TFILOH CAMP
On Tuesday, July 9 from 10:30 a.m. to noon, CHRIS TILLMAN will visit the Beth Tfiloh Camp in Reisterstown, MD. Tillman will meet with pre-registered campers, participate in a Q&A and take photos. This event is closed to the public.
TOMMY HUNTER TEAM STORE AUTOGRAPH SIGNING
On Wednesday, July 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., TOMMY HUNTER will sign autographs and greet fans at the Orioles Team Store at the York Galleria Mall in York, PA. The event, presented by Orioles Radio Network affiliate WSBA 910 AM, is free of charge and open to the public.
AT THE BALLPARK
AMERICAN FLAG FOUNDATION
Before the Orioles' game against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, July 10, the team will host a special pre-game ceremony at Oriole Park for the student winners of the 2013 Philip F. Haxel, Sr. Elementary School Baton of Patriotism Essay contest. The contest was founded by the American Flag Foundation, the organization that brings the Living American Flag at Fort McHenry and the Traveling Living American Flag to Maryland schools. Mr. Philip F. Haxel, Jr., son of the humanitarian for whom the contest is named, will recognize the winners.
GIANT FOOD AND ORIOLES YOUTH CLINICS
The Orioles have once again partnered with Giant Food to host a series of youth baseball clinics at Oriole Park. On July 12, a clinic will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with Orioles alumni LARRY SHEETS, AL BUMBRY, BILL SWAGGERTY and RICK KRIVDA. The pre-selected youth will participate in baseball drills and receive expert instruction from the alumni. At the conclusion of the clinic, the youth will participate in a Q&A session with RYAN FLAHERTY. Accredited media who wish to cover the clinic must RSVP to Amanda Sarver at email@example.com.
STATE OF THE ORIOLES EVENT
On Saturday, July 13, the Orioles will host an exclusive autograph session and a special "State of the Orioles" event open only to Orioles Season Plan Holders. Gates A and H will open to all Full Season and 29-Game Plan Holders at 12:30 p.m., for an autograph session with Orioles players from 12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. At 1:15, Gates A and H will open to all Season Plan Holders. At 1:30 p.m., a special Q & A session featuring Orioles Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations DAN DUQUETTE and Manager BUCK SHOWALTER will take place in the seating bowl.
KIDS RUN THE BASES
Following their game on Sunday, July 14 against the Toronto Blue Jays, the Orioles and OriolesREACH will host a Kids Run the Bases event on the field at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Fans 14 and under in attendance are invited to line up outside of Gate D beginning at the top of the 9th inning to go on-field and run the bases after the game. Registration is not necessary and there is no charge to participate in the event.
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 and an Orioles t-shirt and hat. Each winner will also participate in an on-field, pre-game ceremony in which they will be presented with an official Honorary Bat Boy/Girl certificate and have a photo opportunity with the Oriole Bird.
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, July 14, military members from YELLOW RIBBON FUND will enjoy the game vs. the Toronto Blue Jays from a catered suite, have an opportunity for a meet and greet with NICK MARKAKIS and 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, the contestants will also get to keep the authentic base that they steal. This Sunday's winner is Julia Catalano, a 14-year old from Galena, MD.
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, July 8 - Mid-Atlantic German Shepherd Rescue
Tue, July 9 - Thankful Paws
Wed, July 10 - Jasmine's House
Thurs, July 11 - Arts on Stage
Fri, July 12 - Pets with Disabilities
Sat, July 13 - Babe Ruth Foundation
Sun, July 14 - Girl Scouts
ORIOLES REACH GAMEDAY EXPERIENCE PROGRAM
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. The program is supported by the following players: WILSON BETEMIT, ALEXI CASILLA, WEI-YIN CHEN, CHRIS DAVIS, 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:
Mon, July 8 - CAMP S.P.A.R.K., 150, Nick Markakis
Tue, July 9 - NAACP/NEW FELLOWSHIP C.C. CHURCH, 150, Chris Tillman
Wed, July 10 - Alpha & Omega Before & After Care, Inc., 150, Nate McLouth
Thur, July 11 - Save Another Youth, Inc., 150, Alexi Casilla
Fri, July 12 - First Mt. Olive Freewill Baptist Church, 150, Jason Hammel
Sat, July 13 - Lancaster Teen Haven, 150, Adam Jones
Sun, July 14 - OrchKids, 150, Chris Tillman
GIVEAWAYS AND TICKET OFFERS
Mon, July 8 - Junior Orioles Dugout Club Day, Pre-registered Dugout Club members
Tue, July 9 - Nate McLouth Base Bandit T-Shirt, First 10,000 fans (15 and over), Ollie's Bargain Night, Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Upper Reserve seats are $9
Fri, July 12 - 1983 World Champs Miller Lite, First 20,000 fans (21 and over), Floppy Hat
AT&T Student Night, AT&T, LF Upper Reserve $6 for all students, Fireworks (Postgame)
Sat, July 13 - Adam Jones Replica Away Jersey, First 20,000 fans (15 and over)
Sun, July 14 - Orioles BP Cap, DAP, First 20,000 fans (15 and over)
Kids Run the Bases (Postgame), All kids (14 and under)