When the Baltimore Ravens announced that they were shifting training camp to team headquarters going forward after years of holding practices at McDaniel College, the AFC North franchise said it would conduct three practices that would be open to the general public.
The defending AFC North champions have now followed through on that promise, scheduling free practices for Aug. 4 at M&T Bank Stadium, Aug. 12 at the Naval Academy and Aug. 19 at Stevenson University
The Ravens are also going to hold a lottery for a limited number of fans to attend 14 practices at their training complex.
"It's important for us to connect with as many of our fans as we can during training camp," team president Dick Cass said. "We know we can't duplicate the fan experiences we had at McDaniel College, but these opportunities will give as many people an opportunity to get up close and personal outside of our home games."
Ravens owner Steve Bisciott, an Anne Arundel county resident and businessman, had made it a priority to have a practice in Annapolis at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
Each offsite practice will include player autograph signings for children.
Meanwhile, Ravens coach John Harbaugh and assistant coaches will host a Ravens Football Clinic at McDaniel geared toward Carroll County youth and high school players ages 6 through 18.
Approximately 450 participants are expected to attend the clinic, which is sponsored by Under Armour.
"Our staff is looking forward to the clinic," Harbaugh said. "We'll teach some football, stress some life lessons and have fun."
McDaniel is hosting the Joe Flacco passing academy, which will include backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor, offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and Jim Caldwell.
The camp will include 100 invited high school players. Several of the Ravens' wide receivers will attend the clinic.
"We're excited to build relationships with area high school kids and work to help them improve," Flacco said. "This gives us an opportunity to teach young players many of the things we go through each week during the season. We want this to be something they can take with them and utilize in the long haul. This extends beyond football, as we will focus on what it takes to be successful both on and off the field."
Added McDaniel athletic director Paul Moyer: "From our perspective, the Ravens have been great partners. We want to continue that relationship. They've been very supportive of our program and the institution. To have the Ravens back for even a day is a great thing." Coaches' clinics are just outstanding. They're all good things that over time we can develop for the college and the community. We feel like it's a huge benefit."
The Ravens have donated $100,000 to help finalize the $8 million construction project for McDaniel's new stadium called Kenneth R. Gill Stadium.
The stadium project began in February and is scheduled to allow the Green Terror's home opener Sept. 15 against Muhlenberg.
"Through the years, McDaniel College has been a terrific partner with us," Cass said. "We're happy we can help them with this important project."
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