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Rice speaks up on bullying

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Rice speaks up on bullying

Big-name pro and college athletes can make a big impression on people in their community. Their athletic talents often catch people's attention, but they can do things away from the field or the game which will help also.
It used to be that way all the time, but in this me-first world we live in now, its the exception rather than the rule. But Ray Rice is one of those athletes who wants to do more and realizes he can do something different.
The teams website had an interesting article which talked about Rices thoughts that he posted on Facebook following the tragic shooting at Perry Hall High School on Monday. Some early reports have said the boy who did the shooting was tired of being bullied and pushed around. Rice is big on people not being bullied.

The website talked about how Rice hosted A Ray of Hope: A Pro-Kindness, Anti-Bullying, Teen Suicide Prevention Outreach, an event which drew a big crowd at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia.
To that end, Rice posted some very interesting messages on Facebook on Monday and Tuesday about this. Heres one the Ravens put up in this articleHow do people stand by and do nothing? We need to start saying whats wrong? and do something about it before tragedy strikes! I cant help but wonder if someone was kind to these kids if their paths would have shifted long ago and tragedies would be averted. Just makes me thinkand wonderand hope for better things.
Hes right, you know. Too often, especially when it comes to kids, thats what happens. We stand and watch and nobody steps forward to do a thing. Then its too late.
But my words wont mean much, quite frankly. Yours might not either. However, when someone like Ray Rice or Joe Flacco or a big-name player says them, well, it just might get a person to listen and do something. Give Rice credit for doing this.

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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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