Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice is returning to Howard County for his second anti-bullying event.

"A Ray of Hope," described in a news release as a "pro-kindness, anti-bullying, teen suicide outreach" program, will be held Friday, July 13 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia. Gates open at 6 p.m. with music and entertainment. The main program starts at 7 p.m. and is expected to last around 90 minutes.

Teen Truth Live, a San Diego-based, anti-bullying organization, is scheduled to present "Bully & School Violence," which is described on its website as a "multi-media assembly experience that combines motivational presentations with a 22-minute film that was created by students. ... Using storytelling, humor, real world examples and audience participation, (the program) teaches students to identify the different forms of bullying, understand how bullying can lead to serious consequences, and motivate students to stop bullying from happening in their school."

The event is free, but organizers are asking people to RSVP on Rice's website (www.RayRice27.com).


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Children under 13 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Donations of non-perishable food items will be collected at the gates, but is not required for admission.

Rice's first anti-bullying program in Howard County was held May 5 at Howard High School.