On Monday, February 23, the Orioles will hold the 5th Annual OriolesREACH Birdland Golf Classic at The Founders Club to benefit the Miracle League of Manasota, an organization dedicated to providing an opportunity for every person to play baseball, regardless of their ability. The event begins with registration and lunch at 11:00 a.m., with a shotgun start set for 12:30 p.m. The registration deadline for this year's event is this Sunday, February 8.
The classic will feature a silent auction and the chance to play a round with current and former Orioles players and coaches. Manager BUCK SHOWALTER and current Orioles CHRIS DAVIS, J.J. HARDY, DARREN O'DAY, and CHRIS TILLMAN are among the many Orioles scheduled to attend. Since its inception, the Birdland Golf Classic has raised more than $125,000 for the Miracle League of Manasota.
For the 14,000 school-aged children with disabilities and their adult counterparts in Sarasota and Manatee counties, a synthetically-surfaced baseball field with all the requisite amenities was built in 2012 in Longwood Park, 6050 Longwood Run Boulevard, north of University Parkway in Sarasota. Sarasota County committed $500,000 to building the field, with the Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates each contributing $75,000. Since opening in March 2012, the league has played six seasons.
For more information or to register for the golf event, visit www.miracleleaguemanasota.org or contact the Miracle League of Manasota at (941) 225-2966 or email@example.com.