Orioles launch Birdland Community Heroes program

New initiative celebrates community heroes from all walks of life

The Orioles Birdland Community Heroes program honors and recognizes community heroes who inspire us through their spirited commitment to extend a hand in charity, service, hope and harmony. This recognition honors the heroism of members of our extended Orioles community from all walks of life, occupations, and diverse backgrounds living in our region, our country and abroad, who have distinguished themselves by selflessly working or volunteering in fields that care for, serve, teach, protect and improve the lives of others, around the corner or around the globe, who are most in need.

The program will honor designated Birdland Community Heroes for every weekend home game throughout the season beginning on Friday, April 29. Each of the honorees will be featured during an in-game ceremony at the conclusion of the fifth inning.

Each weekend, the Orioles will also continue the tradition of celebrating American principles and ideals with the playing of classic, American songs during the seventh-inning stretch including "This Land Is Your Land" on Fridays, "America, The Beautiful" on Saturdays, and "God Bless America" on Sundays.

"All over Birdland, our fans tirelessly give back in service to their local communities. This program is designed to honor those selfless contributions and shine the spotlight on everyday heroes throughout our region," said Greg Bader, Orioles vice president, communications & marketing. "We look forward to recognizing the tremendous work of our teachers, doctors and nurses, advocates, community leaders, first responders, volunteers and all those who make a positive impact on the lives of others."

On Friday, April 29, Pat Skerry, head coach of the men's basketball team at Towson University, will be recognized for his support and commitment to helping individuals with autism. He and his wife, Kristen, work extensively with autism awareness and have a son, Owen, with autism. On Saturday, April 30, the Orioles will recognize Vietnam War veteran and former U.S. Marine Corps navigator James H. Warner, who earned a Silver Star and was a prisoner of war for more than five years in North Vietnam. On Sunday, May 1, Brian Boles, director of development and community relations at Saint Frances Academy and director of Books to Baseball Youth Summer Camp, will be recognized for his dedication and work with Baltimore-area youth.

For additional information about the Birdland Community Heroes program, visit www.orioles.com/heroes.

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