Ravens provide $100,000 in PLAY 60 grants

The Ravens Foundation, Inc. recently awarded $100,000 in grants to 22 Baltimore-area nonprofits. The Ravens PLAY 60 grant continues to provide financial support of up to $10,000 for new and expanding programs or initiatives that promote fitness and/or nutrition education among youth. Over the past 15 years, the Ravens Foundation, Inc. has provided over $1.5 million in funding to support these deserving programs.

The 2021 PLAY 60 scholarship has helped fund a variety of projects, such as interschool athletic programs for students with disabilities, cooking and nutrition classes, boxing workouts, and after-school mentoring programs. Each of these programs aims to increase awareness of physical activity and nutrition among youth in the region. Here are some examples of projects that received grants for 2021:

Black Girls Cook is an organization that empowers teenage girls of color through hands-on cooking and nutrition classes to better understand the importance of eating a healthy, balanced diet. Umar Boxing, a Baltimore program that offers a 12-month program focused on improving the academic, social and athletic skills of at-risk youth through their motto “No hooks before books!”; continued support for Horizon Day Camp, which serves children throughout the Greater Baltimore area who are battling childhood cancer, by hosting a free full-service summer day camp, in-hospital programs and meetings “funday” which take place throughout the year.

The Ravens Foundation, Inc. is committed to enhancing, encouraging, and enabling the healthy development of young people in Baltimore and throughout the State of Maryland. Each year, the Ravens Foundation, Inc. awards more than $500,000 in grants to local nonprofit organizations. In addition to the PLAY 60 grant program, other Foundation projects include the Ravens Scholarship Program, Ravens Youth Football Equipment and Apparel Grant Program, Edgecombe Circle Elementary Schools Renovations and Curtis Bay (2021) and Webster Kendrick Boys and Girls Club (2019), Kaboom! Construction of playgrounds at Edgecombe Circle Elementary (2020), Douglass Homes (2018), German Park (2011) and Good Samaritan Hospital Child Development Center (2009); the school transformation project with Heart of America at Mary Ann Winterling Elementary School (2017), the completion of the library renovation at Charles Carroll Barrister #34 Elementary School (2015), the partnership with Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake in the Pigtown neighborhood (2014) and stadium renovations at Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School (2008) and Baltimore Polytechnic Institute (2006).

2021 Ravens PLAY 60 Grant Recipients:

  • Active Social Communities Inc. DBA Volo Kids Foundation
  • Baltimore SquashWise
  • black girls cook
  • Cool Kids Campaign
  • Angle Team, Inc.
  • Freedom Hills Therapeutic Riding Program
  • Friends of Great Kids Farm
  • Patterson Park Friends
  • Runaway Girls in the Greater Chesapeake
  • Horizon Day Camp
  • KEEN Greater DC-Baltimore
  • Patterson Park Public Charter
  • Football without borders
  • Special Olympics
  • Therapeutic Riding Talisman
  • Children with good taste
  • Team Captain Kids Foundation
  • soft bridge
  • Umar Boxing
  • Unparalleled athlete
  • USTA

For more information about the Ravens Foundation, Inc. or the Ravens PLAY 60 grant program, visit www.baltimoreravens.com/community.

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