On Monday, February 22, the Orioles will hold the sixth annual OriolesREACH Birdland Golf Classic at The Founders Club to benefit the Miracle League of Manasota, an organization dedicated to providing an opportunity for everyone to play baseball, regardless of their ability. 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 Brad Brach, Kevin Gausman, Brian Matusz, Darren O'Day, Chris Tillman, and Matt Wieters are among the many Orioles scheduled to participate. A full list of Orioles players and coaches scheduled to participate (subject to change) is available at http://baltimore.orioles.mlb.com/bal/spring_training/golf_classic.jsp.
The event begins with registration and lunch at 11:00 a.m. and a shotgun start set for 12:30 p.m. Following the event, The Founders Club will host a dinner for participating golfers, as well as Orioles players and coaches. Registration for this year's event ends on Monday, February 8, and is limited to the first 100 golfers.
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 2016 Orioles Spring Training game, and more. Since its inception, the Birdland Golf Classic has raised more than $150,000 for the Miracle League of Manasota.
As a nonprofit organization, the Miracle League of Manasota relies on community support to fulfill its mission of bringing baseball to the 14,000 school-aged children with disabilities and their adult counterparts in Sarasota and Manatee counties. In 2012, the Miracle League of Manasota built a synthetically-surfaced baseball field with all the requisite amenities located at Longwood Park, 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, more than 450 players have participated in the league's eight seasons.