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Miracle League of Manasota Benefits as Baltimore Orioles Honor Derek Jeter

(Sarasota, FL) As the Baltimore Orioles race toward a postseason berth, the ball club paused to benefit the Miracle League of Manasota with a $10,000 donation in honor of the Hall of Fame career of retiring Major League player Derek Jeter on Sunday, September 14 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore. Orioles Manager Buck Showalter and outfielder Nick Markakis presented the gift in Jeter’s name prior to the final game the Yankees’ No. 2 played in Baltimore.

“We know that Derek’s commitment to spreading the game of baseball to children across all walks of life has had a tremendous impact throughout several communities, and his home is right up the road in Tampa,” said David Rovine, vice president of Orioles-Sarasota. “It is a fitting tribute to Derek’s ongoing legacy for the Orioles to make this donation in his name to the Miracle League of Manasota, a league that gives children and adults with special needs a chance to play the great game of baseball.”

“Our partnership with the Orioles extends back to the development of our specially designed ball field at Longwood Run Park near the Sarasota-Manatee county line,” said Bob Mitchell, Miracle League of Manasota president. “We are thrilled by the Orioles’ generous gift, and so honored to be involved in this tribute to one of the great players and role models in baseball.”

Miracle League of Manasota Benefits as Baltimore Orioles Honor Derek Jeter
Miracle League of Manasota Benefits as Baltimore Orioles Honor Derek Jeter

The Miracle League of Manasota is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to providing an opportunity for everyone to play baseball, regardless of their ability to play. For the 14,000 school-aged children and countless adults with special needs 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.

The field, which opened in March 2012, was funded from public and private sources, including $75,000 each from the Orioles and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Since that time, more than 450 players have taken the field to enjoy baseball as part of a team. The league is currently hosting its fall season, which runs through November 15. Information: www.MiracleLeagueManasota.org.

As a nonprofit organization, the Miracle League of Manasota relies on community support to fulfill its mission. The charity is seeking volunteer coaches and buddies for the fall season. In addition, sponsorships are available for both ongoing support and Phase II of field construction, which includes handicapped-accessible restrooms and concession area. For information, please email info@miracleleaguemanasota.org, or call (941) 225-2966.

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Baltimore Orioles to Host Fall Instructional League in Sarasota

(Sarasota, FL) The Baltimore Orioles will host the team’s Fall Instructional League at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota with games that are free and open to the public from September 15 through October 7.

The Instructional League program focuses on specific individual development while providing additional playing time to accelerate a player’s progress through the minor league system.

Games are played on the Main Field, with parking available in the East Lot at no charge. Spectators may enter the ballpark through the East Gate. The full Instructional League season schedule is available online at www.orioles.com/sarasota, and the 2014 home schedule is below. The roster of players participating in this year’s Instructional League can be viewed by clicking 2014 Instructional League Roster roster.

Monday, September 15 – 1:00 p.m. vs. Rays
Friday, September 19 – 12:00 p.m. vs. Twins
Monday, September 22 – 12:00 p.m. vs. Red Sox
Friday, September 26 – 1:00 p.m. vs. Rays
Tuesday, September 30 – 12:00 p.m. vs. Red Sox
Thursday, October 2 – 12:00 p.m. vs. Twins
Saturday, October 4 – 10:00 a.m. vs. Phillies
Tuesday, October 7 – 10:00 a.m. vs. Pirates

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Baltimore Orioles to host “Widen Our World” Camp at Ed Smith Stadium on August 1

(Sarasota, FL) The Baltimore Orioles will host a tour of Ed Smith Stadium for youths participating in the W.O.W. (Widen Our World) Camp organized by Brothers and Sisters Doing the Right Thing, a Sarasota-based nonprofit, on Friday, August 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A dozen boys and girls, ages 13 to 17, will tour the stadium, meet Orioles players, and enjoy a Gulf Coast League game along with lunch catered by the Orioles.

Brothers and Sisters Doing the Right Thing is a charitable organization located in the Newtown area of Sarasota. The W.O.W. Camp seeks to bridge communities to build strong relationships that help teens succeed.

“Our W.O.W. Camp exposes young people from Newtown to potential careers they might otherwise never consider,” said Alice F. Jones, a volunteer who coordinates the nonprofit. “There are so many aspects of sports beyond the playing field, and we hope a behind-the-scenes look at professional baseball will widen their horizons.”

“When Alice Jones contacted us, we had an opportunity to learn more about her organization’s work with young people in the Newtown community,” said David Rovine, Vice President for Orioles-Sarasota. “We are grateful for the opportunity to hopefully broaden the perspective of teens who are on the verge of choosing their path in life.”

The Orioles are hosting the tour as part of Sarasota 365, a wide range of initiatives through which the Baltimore Orioles and OriolesREACH demonstrate the ball club’s year-round engagement with the Greater Sarasota community. For more information, or to sign up for the Orioles in Sarasota e-newsletter, please visit www.orioles.com/sarasota.

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