On August 1, Brian Matusz will be the race ambassador for a 5K Run/Walk at Oriole Park in support of “Casey Cares.”
The race, which the Orioles and OriolesReach are supporting, will benefit the organization established by Casey Baynes in 2000.
“Casey Cares” provides unique experiences to critically ill children in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Matusz was approached several years ago, and he’s gotten heavily involved with Baynes’ work.
“We started doing hospital visits, bringing them some Orioles T-shirts and Orioles gear, coming into the hospital when they’re getting their treatment,” Matusz said. I
“It’s really special going in and saying ‘hi to these kids and seeing the smile on their face, just to meet a major league baseball player, to have someone come in and spend some time with them during the day when they’re going through a tough time. Just to see a smile on their face and brighten their day is just really rewarding.”
The 3.1 mile run or one mile walk starts at 8 a.m. and begins at Oriole Park and ends on the field. The race winners will be honored in a pre-game ceremony before that night’s game with Detroit.
“Casey is great with these things that she’s done for these kids to help brighten and enliven their lives. It’s a really special program and it’s something I feel fortunate to be a part of,” Matusz said.
Entry fees are $35 and $40 on race day. Click here for more information and to register.
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