Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will host the second annual Manny Machado BaseBOWL Tournament, a celebrity charity event to support Baltimore City’s Department of Recreation and Parks on Monday, May 18. The sold-out event will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Mustang Alleys Bar, Bowling and Bistro, located at 1300 Bank Street in Baltimore.
In support of Machado’s efforts, the Orioles will donate $10,000 to Baltimore City Recreation and Parks as well as host participating youth at an upcoming Orioles home game through the OriolesREACH Gameday Experience Program. Members will receive game tickets, concessions, an Orioles t-shirt and cap, and transportation to and from the game.
The tournament will consist of two games with teams of five bowlers. Each team will be paired with a celebrity participant including current Orioles players and athletes from the local community. A silent auction featuring autographed sports memorabilia and other unique items will also be available throughout the event.
“Through this initiative, the Orioles will make a meaningful investment in youth baseball in the city of Baltimore, allowing more children to enjoy America’s pastime with better access to fields, equipment, and uniforms,” said GREG BADER, Orioles Vice President of Communications and Marketing. “We are proud to work together with Manny to support this impactful program.”
In its inaugural year in 2014, BaseBOWL raised more than $80,000 to support the Baltimore City Recreation Department’s eight-week “Play Baseball” campaign (via the Baltimore City Foundation). The initiative benefited 300 youth, ages 9-12, by supplying baseball equipment, uniforms, transportation, and field refurbishment to play baseball during the summer at Baltimore City Recreation and Parks centers.
“Last year’s event was a great experience. My wife and I are thankful to have received tremendous support from the Orioles as we work together to bring baseball to more young people in the city of Baltimore,” said Machado.