The Orioles will host a special Military Appreciation day on Sunday, May 27 for their game against the Kansas City Royals. All Orioles uniformed personnel will wear special jerseys with the Orioles script in camouflage and numbers and names in dark green. The game-worn jerseys will be autographed, authenticated and auctioned off at www.orioles.com/military to benefit the Fort Meade Alliance's Foundation. The Fort Meade Alliance is an independent community organization designed to promote the well being of the region. The alliance's foundation is undertaking a fundraising effort to support resiliency programs for military, civilians, and their families at Ft. Meade. The online auction will begin on Sunday, May 27 at noon and will conclude Sunday, June 3 at 11:59 p.m.
The Orioles will also welcome the US Army Drill Team from the 3rd US Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) stationed at Ft. Myer, VA to perform prior to Sunday's 1:35 p.m. game. The team has earned international acclaim for their routines with bayonet-tipped 1903 Springfield rifles.
In addition to the Drill Team, pre-game ceremonies include a ceremonial first pitch by Col. Edward Rothstein, the Ft. Meade Garrison Commander, Staff Sgt. Randy Wight with the US Army Field Band will sing the National Anthem, and the Color Guard will be the Armed Forces Color Guard from the Military District of Washington. During the National Anthem, nine service members will each take the field with a player.
As part of Military Appreciation Day the Orioles have donated over 1,000 tickets to service members and their families from Ft. Meade. The Orioles will also continue the Military Sunday Suite program presented by Geico in which service members will enjoy a complimentary catered suite, meet with MATT WIETERS prior to the game and receive an Under Armour Wieters t-shirt.
Finally, on Sunday, the first 10,000 fans 15 and over will receive an Orioles camouflage script t-shirt. Fans are encouraged to buy tickets in advance and arrive early to the ballpark.
AT THE BALLPARK
SAVES FOR SHOCK TRAUMA
UMMS will team up again this year with Kelly and Associates Insurance Group and KTBS Payroll to donate $1,000 to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center for each Orioles save during the 2012 season. Last year, over $32,000 was donated to the center. Since 1996 Kelly and Associates Insurance Group and KTBS Payroll have donated over $650,000 to the Shock Trauma Center through the Saves for Shock Trauma program. On Sunday, May 27, the Orioles will recognize these efforts with a pre-game ceremony that includes Karen Doyle, Vice President of Nursing and Operations for the University of Maryland, Senator Frank Kelly and Eyasu Kelly who represent KTBS Payroll & Kelly and Associates Insurance Group and a member of the Orioles bullpen.
FIELD TRIP DAY
On Wednesday, May 23, OriolesREACH, in partnership with MASN and WJZ-TV, will host the fifth annual Field Trip Day before the Orioles play the Boston Red Sox at 12:35 p.m. More than 6,400 students from local schools will be at Camden Yards to learn about the weather from WJZ TV'S First Warning Weather Team of Bob Turk, Bernadette Woods and Tim Williams. Orioles Head Groundskeeper Nicole Sherry and Chris Strong from the National Weather Service will speak to the students as well.
LITTLE LEAGUE DAY
On Sunday, May 27, the Orioles will host their second Little League Day at Camden Yards. Over 6,000 pre-registered youth baseball participants will take part in a pre-game parade around the warning track and meet Orioles players as they walk by the dugout. Teams dressed in their uniforms will carry banners and wave to their family members as they round the field. The parade begins at 11:30 a.m., with first pitch against the Kansas City Royals set for 1:35 p.m.
STEAL SECOND BASE PRESENTED BY ESSKAY
The Orioles will again feature the Steal Second Base contest for every Sunday home game this season. Presented by ESSKAY, the Steal Second Base contest allows a young fan to participate in a timed race from the grounds crew area in center field to retrieve second base. Fans can sign up for the opportunity at the ballpark at any Fan Assistance Center. The lucky winner will receive four tickets to that day's game, gift certificates to use inside the park, an Orioles jersey and an Orioles prize pack. This year, for the first time, the contestants will also get to keep the authentic base that they steal. This Sunday's winner is Grayson Rist, a 12-year old from Baltimore, MD.
ORIOLES REACH COMMUNITY BOOTH
During each home game the Orioles provide a community booth for charitable, non-profit organizations to distribute information, sell raffle tickets, register participants or conduct health care screenings for Orioles fans. The following groups will be at the community booth, located near Gate D, during this homestand:
Mon, May 21 Babe Ruth Museum
Tue, May 22 Girl Scouts of Central MD
Wed, May 23 Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation
Fri, May 25 Pets with Disabilities
Sat, May 26 American Legion Auxiliary, Department of MD
Sun, May 27 Oriole Advocates
ORIOLES REACH GAMEDAY EXPERIENCE PROGRAM
This season, OriolesREACH will again host thousands of underprivileged youth as part of the OriolesREACH Gameday Experience Program. Group members receive game tickets, concessions vouchers, an Orioles t-shirt, a cap and transportation to and from the game. Tickets are provided courtesy of Orioles players. Players participating in the program this year include ROBERT ANDINO, JAKE ARRIETA, WILSON BETEMIT, WEI-YIN CHEN, KEVIN GREGG, JJ HARDY, TOMMY HUNTER, ADAM JONES, NICK MARKAKIS, and BRIAN MATUSZ. The following organizations will attend games at Oriole Park during this homestand, courtesy of these Orioles players:
DATE ORGANIZATION SIZE PLAYER SPONSOR
Mon, May 21 Charlesmont Elementary School 150 J.J. Hardy
Tue, May 22 Logan Elementary 150 Tommy Hunter
Wed, May 23 Academy for Career and College Exploration 150 Nick Markakis
Fri, May 25 O'Donnell Height Tenant Council Inc. 150 Brian Matusz
Sat, May 26 Sara Roach Elementary 150 Adam Jones
Sun, May 27 Cooper Lane Elementary School 150 J.J. Hardy
GIVEAWAYS AND TICKET OFFERS
DATE ITEM/OFFER SPONSOR ELIGIBILITY
Tue, May 22 Ollie's Bargain Night Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Upper Reserve seats are $9
Wed, May 23 Field Trip Day MASN & WJZ-TV Pre-registered school groups
Fri, May 25 AT&T Student Night AT&T Upper Reserve seats $6 for students with valid school ID
Fireworks Night All fans (post-game)
Sat, May 26 2110 Eutaw Street Southwest Airlines Pre-registered fans
Sun, May 27 Orioles Camouflage Script T-shirt First 10,000 fans (15 and over)
Little League Day #2 Pre-registered little leaguers