Baltimore Orioles Reach to Host 8th Annual Birdland Golf Classic in Lakewood Ranch

(Sarasota, FL) On Tuesday, February 13, the Baltimore Orioles will hold the Eighth Annual OriolesREACH Birdland Golf Classic at the Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club in Lakewood Ranch, FL. to benefit the Miracle League of Manasota, an organization dedicated to providing an opportunity for every person to play baseball, regardless of their ability. Registration is now open for golfers and corporate partners.

The event begins with registration and lunch at 11:00 a.m., with a shotgun start set for 1:00 p.m. The classic will feature a silent auction and the chance to play a round with current and former Orioles players and coaches. Following the event, the Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club will host a dinner for participating golfers, as well as Orioles players and coaches.

“The Orioles have hosted the Classic since 2011 to raise funds and awareness for the Miracle League of Manasota – an organization which makes it possible for those challenged by disability to enjoy the excitement of our national pastime,” said David Rovine, Vice President, Orioles-Sarasota.

Several levels of participation are available for corporate partners, including MVP Sponsor packages which consist of recognition as a presenting sponsor, a foursome with the opportunity to select your Orioles playing partner, four infield box seats to a 2018 Orioles Spring Training game, and more. Since its inception, the Birdland Golf Classic has raised more than $240,000 for the Miracle League of Manasota.

For the 14,000 school-aged children and countless adults with disabilities in Sarasota and Manatee counties, the Miracle League of Manasota raised funds to build a synthetically-surfaced baseball field at a location that serves participants from both counties. Sarasota County committed $500,000 to building the field, with the Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates each contributing $75,000. Located at Longwood Park north of University Parkway in Sarasota, the field opened in March 2012. Since then, more than 600 players have participated in the league’s 12 seasons.

“The Orioles’ support through the Birdland Golf Classic allows the Miracle League of Manasota to continue providing a team experience for children and adults who would otherwise be unable to participate,” said Max Levine, a Miracle League Board Member and Birdland Golf Tournament Chairman. “The Orioles embraced our organization when we were just a dream, and we are grateful for the ballclub’s ongoing commitment.”

For registration and additional information, visit https://birdeasepro.com/birdlandclassic or contact the Miracle League of Manasota at (941) 225-2966 or info@miracleleaguemanasota.org. The registration deadline is Friday, January 26, and the event is limited to the first 84 golfers.
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