OriolesREACH to host Inaugural Birdland Golf Classic in Sarasota

The Founders Club will host event to benefit the Miracle League of Manasota

On Thursday, February 17, the Orioles will hold the inaugural OriolesREACH Birdland Golf Classic at The Founders Club in Sarasota to benefit the Miracle League of Manasota, a new organization dedicated to providing an opportunity for every person to play baseball, regardless of their ability. The event begins with registration and lunch at noon, with a shotgun start set for 1:00 p.m.

The classic will feature a silent auction and the chance to play a round with current and former Orioles players and coaches. Manager Buck Showalter and current Orioles Jeremy Guthrie, Jim Johnson, Brian Roberts and Matt Wieters are all scheduled to attend.

Registration is now open for golfers and corporate partners. There are multiple levels of participation available, including three MVP Sponsor packages which include recognition as a presenting sponsor, a foursome with the opportunity to select your Orioles playing partner, four infield box seats to a 2011 Orioles Spring Training game, and more.

For the 14,000 school-aged children with disabilities and their adult counterparts in Sarasota and Manatee counties, the Miracle League of Manasota will build a synthetically surfaced baseball field and all the requisite amenities in Longwood Park, just off University Parkway in Sarasota. Sarasota County has committed $500,000 to the capital improvement of Longwood Park. The opening game of the Miracle League of Manasota is planned for Fall 2011. For more information, visit www.miracleleaguemanasota.org.

For more information or to register for the event, contact Tracee Crump at (941) 954-4101 or tcrump@orioles.com. The entry deadline is Thursday, February 3.