National League Champion Phillies in Sarasota to play Baltimore as spring training winds down, memories of the great Phillies teams and Tim McCarver and more on this bonus edition of “Sports Talk” with Hall of Fame Broadcaster Don Henderson and Doug Miles broadcasting from Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, FL.
(Sarasota, FL) The Baltimore Orioles announced today that they have partnered with All Faiths Food Bank to host a series of mass food distribution events at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, FL. The events will take place on the second Saturday of each month from September through December, with the first event being held on September 12. Future events will be held on October 10, November 14, and December 12.
Each distribution event will take place in the East Lot and is first-come, first-served, beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing until food runs out or 11:30 a.m. All the events will be staffed by All Faiths Food Bank volunteers and staff, and several of the events will also be staffed by Orange & Black Gives Back, the Orioles employee volunteer program. To donate or to learn more about upcoming food distributions, please visit AllFaithsFoodBank.org.
“Many of our neighbors in the Sarasota and DeSoto counties are continuing to experience food insecurity as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” said Jennifer Grondahl, Orioles Senior Vice President, Community Development and Communications. “It is our hope that, in partnering with All Faiths Food Bank, we will be able to provide relief and stability to those families who are most in need.”
All Faiths Food Bank has taken special measures to remove barriers to assistance: no pre-registration is required. Physical distancing and no-touch strategies will be observed, as food will be distributed via drive-thru and placed directly into the trunks of cars. Attendees will also receive information about additional Food Bank locations where groceries are available.
All Faiths Food Bank is the only food bank and the largest hunger relief organization in Sarasota and DeSoto counties.
(Sarasota, FL) As part of the club’s ongoing efforts to serve and strengthen the community during the current pandemic, the Orioles announced today that they will partner with OneBlood, Inc. to host a blood drive at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, FL., on Thursday, May 7, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET.
The blood drive will take place in the East Lot of the stadium, located on the corner of 12th Street and Tuttle Avenue. All fans who donate blood will receive an Orioles Backpack Cooler, OneBlood T-shirt, and a wellness checkup. In addition to following all FDA guidelines, OneBlood has implemented additional social distancing safety protocols to protect donors and staff. All donors are asked to make an appointment to help with following social distancing guidelines. Walk-in appointments will not be accepted. Those who wish to donate blood can make their appointment at OneBlood.org/Orioles
OneBlood is a non-profit organization that serves more than 200 hospitals in Florida and the southeastern United States, distributing more than one million blood products annually. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, OneBlood has seen an increasing number of blood drive cancelations, threatening the blood supply needed for use in hospitals and healthcare facilities.
“The Orioles are proud to host this critical effort to serve the community,” said Jennifer Grondahl, Orioles Senior Vice President, Community Development and Communications. “We encourage those who are healthy and able to do so to donate blood, which will ensure that the brave healthcare workers on the frontlines of the pandemic are able to continue to provide the highest quality of care to their patients.”
Year-round, the Orioles focus their philanthropic efforts on two distinct pillars: Strengthening Our Community and Empowering Our Youth. In times of crisis, the Orioles aim to bring visibility to resources that community members need most. For more information on community resources in Sarasota, please visit www.Orioles.com/CommunityResources
The Baltimore Orioles announced Thursday they will play the New York Mets in an exhibition game on Tuesday, March 24 at Terwilliger Brothers Field at Max Bishop Stadium on the grounds of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Prior to the game, players and staff from both teams will visit with representatives from the Naval Academy and tour the academy facilities.
The Naval Academy and the Orioles will distribute complimentary tickets to Midshipmen, as well as select members of the U.S. Navy. The game is scheduled to start at 2:05 p.m. ET and will air on 105.7 The Fan and the Orioles Radio Network. Tickets for the game will not be available to the public, but select Birdland Members will receive a unique opportunity to access a limited number of remaining tickets.
The Orioles announced a multi-dimensional partnership with the United States Naval Academy in early 2018. The club hosted an Army vs. Navy baseball doubleheader at Oriole Park in March 2018 and the Major League team visited the Naval Academy facilities in Annapolis in March 2019.
In addition to the game in Annapolis, the Orioles will host the Mets at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla. on Monday March 23. The club’s Grapefruit League season, which features 17 home dates in Sarasota, will open at home this Sunday, February 23 against the Boston Red Sox. Visit orioles.com/spring for more information.