Spreading the Sarasota Love

Dave Trembley talked today about his –and the whole organizaton’s — desire to be active in the Sarasota community. Looks like they don’t waste any time.

The Orioles and their community outreach program, OriolesREACH, have planned a full schedule of appearances and activities in Sarasota in the coming weeks. Orioles players and the Oriole Bird will make visits to charitable organizations in the area and host a clinic and a game at Ed Smith Stadium. The club will also host hundreds of underprivileged children for games at Ed Smith Stadium as part of a commitment to connect the Orioles with their new spring training home.

Here’s a look at some of the stuff coming up:

*February 26 – An Orioles player and the Oriole Bird will appear at the Ripken Baseball Opening Day festivities, starting at approximately 6:00 p.m.

*March 1 – The Orioles will host children from area Boys and Girls Clubs for their intrasquad scrimmage at Ed Smith Stadium. Donations will be accepted at ballpark entry gates, with proceeds going to the Boys and Girls Club. After the scrimmage, Boys and Girls Club members will participate in an on-field clinic conducted by Orioles players and staff. Players will provide instruction in hitting, pitching and fielding for the youth.

*March 6 – Orioles players will partner with Easter Seals Southwest Florida and participate in arts and crafts projects with several local children with disabilities as part of Project Rainbow Children’s Respite Care.

*March 10 – Orioles players will visit with sick children in the Sarasota Memorial Hospital pediatric unit at 1:00 p.m.

*March 13 – The Sarasota Challenger League will play a game on the main field at Ed Smith Stadium. Orioles players will participate and serve as helpers for the game.

**OriolesREACH will host 100 disadvantaged children at each of several home games this spring as part of their Gameday Experience Program. Participants will receive a ticket to that day’s game, an Orioles hat and concessions vouchers. 

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