Lardarius Webb And His Ravens’ Teammates Play in Annual Charity Softball Game
With NFL minicamps not having begun yet, Baltimore Ravens Lardarius Webb with the help of some of his teammates hosted the third annual charity softball game at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, Maryland in June.
There were over 5,000 fans present, more than in previous years, and all the money raised went to Webb’s Foundation, which supports sick children and their families, as well as the Boys and Girls Club.
“I try to be a role model. To let kids know that dreams do come true. And the best way is to come out here and put it right in front of them. None of this would be possible without my teammates coming out and supporting me. With them supporting me, the fans come out and they show their support,” Webb told Class Act Sports at the event.
A member of his foundation team said Webb puts in a lot of work, and seeing the kids enjoy the event make it all worthwhile.
“A lot of hard work goes into it and most importantly, we get to bring the Boys and Girls Club out here and they get to experience it,” said Dan Saffron, the director of the Lardarius Webb Foundation.
Franchise quarterback Joe Flacco was among the many teammates that came out to support Webb.
“It’s cool. You can see a lot of people in the community really enjoy it. We enjoy coming out here and having a little bit of fun and supporting him,” Flacco told Class Act Sports.
The Baltimore Ravens were seconds away from a Super Bowl appearance this past season, falling to the Patriots in the AFC Championship game. And with Webb, Flacco, Ray Rice and Ray Lewis just to name a few, they should be in good hands for years to come. But on this day, football wasn’t on their minds. It was all about raising money, awareness and having a good time with the fans.
“I love the kids. That’s why I am here, that’s why I am doing it. To give back to them and it turned out great,” Webb said.
The athletes have an opportunity to step off the field and show the fans what they are all about.
“We’re in a big spotlight being in Baltimore. The fans love the Ravens and that’s what I love about being here is the fan support even for something like this,” Ravens guard Gino Gradkowski told Jared Ginsberg of Class Act Sports.