BALTIMORE — As a part of the NFL’s 'Huddle for 100' Day, Ravens quarterback and wide receiver Lamar Jackson and Willie Snead went to the Webster Kendrick Boys & Girls Club in Baltimore to speak with young kids and community members.
The event was put on by 25 volunteers at the Boys & Girls Club, which is connected with Callaway Elementary School in Baltimore.
The Ravens and M&T Bank made a sizeable donation to the center previously, Rosina Koehn, director of administration for the Boys & Girls Club in metropolitan Baltimore, said.
“The city of Baltimore, that’s who we’re playing for and that’s people that give back to us at the same time,” Willie Snead said. “Us as players, we try to give back to the community in any way we need.”
When Jackson and Snead showed up, they were met with picture requests from anyone that got within arm’s length of them and were showed around the facility to a chorus of cheers.
There, Teraz Douglas Sr. — sporting a Jackson jersey — was gifted two tickets to the Bengals game on Oct. 13 in Baltimore. Jackson also signed his jersey for good measure.
“I’m still trying to process it right now,” Douglas said. “It’s just a high right now of excitement. Very appreciative. I just came in, looking to volunteer, wasn’t looking for any of this. Turned out to be one of the best days of my life.”
Douglas, a volunteer, had no idea Jackson was the representative sent from the Ravens.
“It reminds me a lot of Louisville, how they embraced me, coming in a new town,” Jackson said. “They just embraced me like I’m family. I love the support, I just love being a Raven.”
Snead and Jackson took photos and shook hands before moving to the elementary school to talk with students from kindergarten to fifth grade.
There, the two answered questions ranging from topics on Kansas City’s crowd noise to their favorite foods to eat.
Snead, who attended Boys and Girls Clubs in Florida as a child, knows what kind of impact charitable events can have on young kids.
“The kids are having a great time,” Snead said. “We’re just trying to contribute and give back to the community any way we can. We’re trying to inspire the youth and give a helping hand.”
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