Orioles first baseman Chris Davis will serve as race ambassador for the seventh annual Casey Cares 5K Run/Walk at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Saturday, August 6, as the Orioles and OriolesREACH once again partner with the Casey Cares Foundation to host the race.
"We thank the Orioles for again serving as an integral partner of Casey Cares this season," Casey Baynes, the Executive Director of the Casey Cares Foundation said. "Last year, with the support of the Birds, Casey Cares was able to provide more than 19,000 activities to our community. The Orioles' ongoing commitment to the critically-ill children in our programs helps these kids have an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience."
Davis and his wife, Jill, a former nurse, have supported Casey Cares for several years. Davis has previously attended the organization's Extra Innings Event, where critically-ill children and their families meet with Orioles players to learn the fundamentals of baseball. Davis will be attending the Extra Innings Event again this year.
"Jill and I are honored to partner with Casey Cares in support of this incredible event," said Chris Davis. "Everyone involved in this race plays an important role in bringing joy to the children and families who most need our love and support."
The 3.1 mile run/one mile walk starts at 8:00 a.m. and begins at Oriole Park and ends on the field. Participants will partake in a pre-race warm-up with the Oriole Bird, music, and other entertainment, and will enjoy post-race refreshments. Top race winners will be announced in a pregame ceremony prior to the August 16 game against the Boston Red Sox.
Registration for the race is open now and both teams and individuals are encouraged to register. Entry fees are $45 per person through Friday, August 5, or $50 per person on race day (cash or check only). Children 8 and under can be registered for only $20. To register, visit www.orioles.com/caseycares.
All proceeds will benefit the Casey Cares Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides personalized, uplifting, and ongoing programs with a special touch to critically-ill children and their family members throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Over the past two years since moving to Oriole Park, the race has raised nearly $300,000.