Under Armour, Ravens donate to extend bus rides for city students

Posted at 5:36 PM, Feb 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-15 08:57:51-05

Donations from Under Armour and the Baltimore Ravens as well as fundraisers have raised enough money to restore free after school bus rides for Baltimore City students. 

According to a spokesperson for Baltimore City Council president Jack Young, Under Armour donated $50,000 and the Ravens donated $25,000. 

Fundraisers and bake sales organized by councilman Zeke Cohen raised $26,000. 

See also: 'I worry about my safety,' says Baltimore student without access to free after school bus pass

Cohen announced Tuesday, thanks to the donations, free after school bus rides would be restored through 8 p.m. 

A spokesperson for Under Armour said Young brought together the MTA, Baltimore City School leadership and business and community leaders in January to discuss solutions to the funding gap. 

"We believe in the importance of providing opportunities for all youth to participate in after school activities without interruption. We're pleased to have played our part alongside the Baltimore Ravens, hundreds of community members and the members of the City Council Education and Youth Committee that championed this effort," said Under Armour senior director of global philanthropy and UA Foundation, Stacy Ullrich. 

Cohen said the council is still evaluating city schools' contract with MTA and searching for a long term solution. 

RELATED: City Council members oppose changes to student MTA bus pass access

The Student S-Pass provides free rides to students who participate in after school programs. Last year, the S-Pass policy changed, ending rides at 6 p.m. instead of 8 p.m.

See also: 400 people donate to restore student access to after school bus rides

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