ORIOLES PLAYERS RECEIVE AWARDS FOR A VARIETY OF COMMUNITY EFFORTS
On April 11, Nick and Christina Markakis were recognized by the Boys and Girls Club of Metropolitan Baltimore for their community service at their second annual "Be Great Champions for Youth" Gala. Christina was on hand to receive the Philanthropy Award, which is given to individuals who strive to make a positive difference in children's lives. Nick and Christina donated 21 winter coats for deserving youth the Boys and Girls Club in December 2012.
Dan Duquette helped recognize first baseman Chris Davis for his April American League Player of the Month award in a special on-field ceremony. In April, Chris Davis batted .348 with eight doubles, nine home runs, 28 RBI, 19 runs scored and 16 walks in 27 games to claim his first career AL Player of the Month award. In recognition of Davis' performance, the Orioles donated $2,500 to Luke's Wings, a non-profit military organization dedicated to the support of current and former service members who have been wounded in battle. Luke's Wings provides families with the means to visit injured service members during their hospitalization and rehabilitation.
On July 30, Nate McLouth was recognized prior to the game against the Houston Astros as the Orioles' winner of the 2013 Heart and Hustle Award. Selected by a committee of Orioles alumni organized by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, McLouth was honored as the current Orioles player who most demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirit and tradition of the game. The Heart and Hustle Award is the only award in Major League Baseball that is voted on by former players.
Major League Baseball announced that Adam Jones was named the Orioles' 2013 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award. The Orioles presented Adam Jones with the Roberto Clemente Award on September 24 in an on-field ceremony prior to their game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Jones was one of the 30 Club finalists for the annual award, which recognizes a Major League Baseball player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement. The Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet pays tribute to Clemente's achievements and character by recognizing current players who truly understand the value of helping others.
On September 28, the Baltimore Sun and the family of Tim Wheatley presented Nick Markakis with the Tim Wheatley Award. Almost four years ago, Baltimore Sun editor Wheatley was killed in a car accident while taking his daughter, who miraculously survived, to school. In honor of Tim and his tremendous efforts within the community, the Baltimore Sun created the Tim Wheatley Award, recognizing local professional athletes who give back to the community. Markakis was recognized for his numerous contributions to the community, including his work with his family's charity, The Right Side Foundation, which serves underprivileged youth. Nick has also donated $75,000 to the Orioles Charitable Foundation and donates $5,000 a year to the OriolesREACH Game Day Experience Program and $2,500 annually to the Orioles Military Sunday Suite Program. Nick and Christina also partnered with OriolesREACH to serve as race ambassadors for a Casey Cares 5K event at Oriole Park.
The Oriole Advocates, with the cooperation and support of the Baltimore Orioles, created The Oriole Way Award to recognize an Oriole player who has made significant contributions both on and off the field and who demonstrates a sincere willingness and desire to serve the community. The award is presented annually to a Baltimore Orioles player whose active participation in the community embraces the Oriole Advocates' mission of promoting and stimulating interest in baseball. The 2013 winner was center fielder Adam Jones, who was honored in an on-field ceremony prior to the Orioles game against the Toronto Blue Jays on September 25.
Jones was recognized for his contributions to community initiatives, including the Boys and Girls Club of Metropolitan Baltimore. He also provided bats and catchers gear to 30 teams in the Baltimore Orioles' Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program. He is also personally supporting a Jackie Robinson Foundation scholar, Alanah Grisham. Through this grant, Alanah will receive four years of college tuition.
In addition to his financial generosity, Jones has continued his relationship with the Boys and Girls Club, hosting them at clinics and other special events. Each year since arriving in Baltimore Adam has donated $5,000 a year to the OriolesREACH Ticket and Gameday Experience Program. Additionally, Jones served as Honorary Chair for the Y's 2013 Send a Kid to Camp campaign.