Orioles REACH to host 2nd Annual Birdland Golf Classic in Sarasota

Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club will host event to benefit the Miracle League of Manasota

On Wednesday, Feb. 22, the Orioles will hold the 2nd Annual OriolesREACH Birdland Golf Classic at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club in Sarasota to benefit the Miracle League of Manasota, an organization dedicated to providing an opportunity for every person to play baseball, regardless of their ability. The event begins with registration and lunch at 11 a.m. and a shotgun start set for 12:30 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, and Matt Wieters are among the many Orioles scheduled to attend.

Registration is now open for golfers and corporate partners. There are multiple levels of participation available, including MVP Sponsor packages which consist of recognition as a presenting sponsor, a foursome with the opportunity to select your Orioles playing partner, four infield box seats to a 2012 Orioles Spring Training game, and more. Last year's event raised over $26,000 for the Miracle League of Manasota.

For the 14,000 school-aged children with disabilities and their adult counterparts in Sarasota and Manatee counties, a synthetically surfaced baseball field and all the requisite amenities is being built 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 Spring 2012. For more information, visit www.miracleleaguemanasota.org.

For more information or to register for the event, contact the Miracle League of Manasota at (941) 359-6891 or info@miracleleaguemanasota.org. The entry deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 8.