When Torrey Smith signed with the 49ers this spring, he quickly made clear that he was not leaving Baltimore behind completely.
"I will be playing for a different organization, but I will remain committed to the City of Baltimore," Smith wrote on his Web site. "I will continue to give back and help build a better future for our young men and women. MY COMMITMENT TO THE CITY IS FOR LIFE."
True to his word, Smith was back in Baltimore this past week making his mark at two city elementary schools.
Another Reading Oasis in the books! Thank you to all of the sponsors who make this possible. PWC, Scholastic, Walmart, Pepsi, Papa Johns, the students at Moravia Elementary School will enjoyed over 1,200 books, a computer station, a listening station, and two activity centers because of you. We had so much fun with the kids today. Thank you Angela for all of your hard work. Can't wait for @pixilatedphoto to share the pictures from today and looking forward to our Back to School event on Monday. Enjoying my time in Baltimore before heading out to the west coast!
A photo posted by Torrey Smith (@torreysmithwr) on Jul 23, 2015 at 8:52am PDT
On Thursday, Smith launched Torrey's Reading Oasis," at Moravia Park Elementary School. The space -- the fourth such one that Smith has established through his foundation -- features more than 1,200 age-appropriate books, electronic readers and space for students to read, study and improve literacy.
“It was awesome,” Smith said, according to the 49ers Web site. “It’s always a brighter room so it gets their attention. They love it. They have some games in there to play as well. It’s just another peaceful place to have in the school.”
Then on Monday, Smith was at Gardenville Elementary in northeast Baltimore to visit the students at SuperKids camp, run by the Parks & People Foundation.
In addition to taking part in relay races and other games, Smith helped distribute backpacks and school supplies for the upcoming year to 250 students.
[MORE RAVENS Projecting the 53-man roster heading into camp]
"That relationship with the people of Baltimore is very important to me," Smith told WJZ-TV at Gardenville Elementary, "and it still is."