Ravens select Salisbury Salvation Army for equipment grant

Youth Club awarded $2,500 towards football apparel and supplies

SALISBURY, Md- The Salisbury Salvation Army Youth Club’s football program is getting some upgrades. The club was among nine youth football programs in the state of Maryland to be selected by the Baltimore Ravens to a football apparel and equipment grant for the 2020 season.

“They we’re really impressed with how long the program at the Salvation Army has lasted,” said Club Director Willie Downing, “for me, I was just esctatic they even called us and considered giving us something because you know, we’re kinda a ways away from Baltimore and there is a lot of football around them that could get the stuff before we could.” Downing says the club was awarded $2,500, most of which has already been spent on various pieces of training equipment, to be used by all players in the program.

In continuing their commitment to enhance the quality of area youth football, the Baltimore Ravens and Under Armour will provide grants for new football apparel and equipment to 1,500 local youth athletes who represent outstanding programs and make a positive impact in their communities. The selected programs serve diverse populations in five counties – Baltimore, Carroll, Howard, Prince George’s, Wicomico – and in Baltimore City.

Now in its 10th year, the grant serves as a pipeline between the Ravens and youth football programs to help promote, improve and facilitate the healthy development of children in the community. Each recipient will utilize their grant to purchase packages that include Under Armour jerseys, field equipment and emergency response accessories.

Additionally, alongside the NFL Foundation and USA Football, the Ravens awarded equipment grants to 30 other Baltimore-area youth and school-based programs. Each equipment grant is valued at $1,000 and provides resources such as: tackle football equipment from Riddell, flag football equipment, uniforms, field and practice equipment, wearable technology from Catapult and more.

Through Ravens RISE, the Ravens football outreach program, the team annually serves both youth and high school football programs by contributing cleats, donating weight-training equipment, hosting clinics for youth football coaches, honoring area high school coaches through the Ravens Coach of the Week program, and recognizing outstanding high school football matchups through the Ravens High School Football Showdown. Additionally, the Ravens have invited area football teams to attend training camp and home games throughout the season. The team also hosts various tournaments and clinics, presented by Under Armour. Most recently, these have included the Ravens 7-on-7 High School Football Tournament and the Play Like A Raven Football Clinics.

2020 Ravens Youth Football Grant Recipients:

10:12 Sports Mentoring Program (10 teams)

ABC Park Seminoles (4 teams)

Bel Air Terps (12 teams)

Eastside Raiders (7 teams)

Gamber Mustangs (5 teams)

Northeast Hawks (10 teams)

Salvation Army Youth Football (12 teams)

St. Charles Bears (7 teams)

Sykesville Raiders (14 teams)

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