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Ravens visit West Baltimore schools after riots

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Ravens visit West Baltimore schools after riots

Ravens coaches as well as current and former players hit the beleaguered streets of Baltimore on Thursday morning, visiting schools and delivering food to some of the west Baltimore neighborhoods hardest hit by rioting earlier this week.

The team's official Twitter feed posted several pictures of players working to deliver food, and several players tweeted about the event as well.

According to the team, the group of 85 volunteers included 55 players, and the group delivered food to more than 500 families.

After the group visited Henson Elementary School, CNN carried live footage of the Ravens visiting Douglass High School near Mondawmin Mall, where much of the unrest on Monday began.

"We are honored to be here," Harbaugh told the student assembly. "We feel like we carry the heart of Baltimore with us everywhere we go."

Retired Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, who was surrounded by a throng of young schoolchildren in one photo tweeted out by the team, also spoke at Douglass.

Lewis told the packed assembly that after God, family "Keeping our city right, that's the next thing in order. You don't tear up what we built! Cause ain't no one gonna put it back together but us. We're all we got."

Lewis, who had made an impassioned plea to end the violence in Baltimore, had previously announced that he would skip his ESPN television duties for the NFL Draft to be in Baltimore.

""The message is very simple," Lewis told the Douglass students "...We have an opportunity to change Baltimore."

"I promise you," Lewis later told the students, "there's not one person in here that grew up in greater poverty than I grew up in. So I know what it feels like being at rock bottom. I know what it feels like not having nothing. I know what it feels like not going home to one meal. So I can relate to everything you've been through. But now it's about each other. Now it's about coming together. Now it's about if we really want a voice, if we really want a voice, let's treat ourselves right first. Let's treat each other right first."

"People want to know what real change is? Let us be an example of real change," he said near the end of his speech.

"Spread the message that we love our city."

 

 

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.

The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School. 

In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.

17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon. 

Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.

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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.

“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.

The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.

Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.

The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.

This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.

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