The Baltimore Ravens and their players announced on Monday that they are donating almost $200,000 to Baltimore City Schools.
They say that the funds are a contribution towards the school system's heating and air conditioning units at Lakewood Elementary School.
Lakewood's enrollment consists of 40% special needs and the majority of the students qualify for free or reduced meals. The hope is that the new HVAC system will help the learning environment for the entire school.
"As professional football players, we understand the importance of being leaders in a community that proudly supports us. The Ravens’ Social Justice Program aims to take action in areas of need for the Baltimore community. At Lakewood Elementary, 40% of the student body has special needs, and 65% of the students qualify for a free lunch. There have been times where these children have had to go to school in the summer and winter months without reliable air conditioning or heating, and we see this as a great opportunity to provide them with the optimal learning environment that they deserve. This is the first of many projects in which we are excited to participate alongside our Organization and Mr. Steve Bisciotti," said Ravens Long Snapper Morgan Cox.
The Ravens organization has pledged to match each players' donations in an effort to support the Baltimore Community as part of their Social Justice Program's initiatives.
This is the first donation from the players’ pledge through their social justice fund and continues the team's commitment to making a difference throughout Baltimore.