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It should come as no surprise to myself or anyone that follows and enjoys Baltimore Ravens football that the organization is ran on the field and off the field about as well as any other NFL franchise in today’s game.

So the news today from the Ravens PR Staff about the Ravens All Community Team Foundation demonstrated yet again, the initiative to help kids play the game of football and to give back to communities who themselves are creating a positive and lasting impact on the development of their children.

(RACTF) announced the awarding of 15 local nonprofit organizations in the state of Maryland with grants for new football equipment and apparel to 25 teams who according to the team site, “demonstrate outstanding programs and have a positive impact on their respective communities.”

This isn’t the first time the Foundation has helped the youths of Maryland. Every home game, the Ravens have held a QB challenge competition, showcasing the area’s top talent in high school at the position and have also run football clinics for area youth and high school student-athletes.

According to the Ravens site, annually, the Ravens give funds towards more than 800 cleats, weight-room equipment and also recognize head coaches in the area with the team’s Coach of the Week program.

Through the Ravens partnership with Under Armour, the programs will also be able to purchase packages through the Maryland-based company that could include jerseys, cleats, socks, footballs, gloves and mouth guards.

It’s a really neat opportunity for Maryland programs to feel connected to the hometown team and for the Ravens to have the support themselves of the local programs. If only the Ravens were around when I played youth football, we would have loved life and looked damn good too.

For those reading this that may have sons or daughters playing in these programs, distribution of the equipment will be in July according to the team site.

Here are the programs who will be helped by the grants:

Berlin Seahawks

Columbia Ravens

First and Ten Cowboys

F.C.A. Park Heights Saints

Forest Park Black Hawks

Northwest Bulldogs

Pasadena Chargers

Pax River Raiders

Rosedale Cowboys

Secret Society Panthers

Severn Seminoles

Shutdown Academy

Upper Marlboro Gators

Westport Patriots

Williamsport Bears

If you would like more information on the Ravens All Community Team Foundation or the Ravens’ youth football initiatives, the website is listed here at BSR.