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Ravens are role models

12:45 PM EDT, October 23, 2012

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If anyone has ever wondered why the Ravens are universally recognized as a first-class organization, let me share a recent game-day experience . Sure, it was a frenzied crowd and a dramatic finish, but I am referring to the unforgettable day that the Ravens and M&T Bank provided the scholars of Boys Hope Girls Hope of Baltimore.

The team recognized BHGH Baltimore's service to the community with tickets to the Cowboys game, field passes prior to the game, T-shirts, thunder sticks and a stadium announcement (complete with appearance on the big screen) during the third quarter.

By my estimation, they are forgoing tens of thousands of dollars in revenue to make a dream come true for people who might not otherwise ever attend a Ravens game. They do this at every home game, and they are as much a class act for what they do off the field, oftentimes under the radar, as for the quality team they put on the field.

At Boys Hope Girls Hope of Baltimore, our scholars overcome adversity to reach great heights; in fact, every scholar who has graduated the program has gone on to college. Every day, they sign on to huge challenges. They work together as a team, taking great pride in creating opportunity for themselves and those who will follow. They give back to the community, doing 100 hours of community service every year.

We are fortunate to have a team like the Ravens that models these same traits and behaviors. Thanks to the Ravens and to M&T Bank for all that that they do for Boys Hope Girls Hope. Our scholars had a game-day experience that they will never forget.

Andy Hilger, Baltimore

The writer is chairman of the board of Boys Hope Girls Hope Baltimore.