Youth Game to Take Place as Part of Badges for Baseball Mentorship Program
The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, in conjunction with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office and the Diamond Dream Foundation, will host the Battle of the Beltway youth baseball game at Regency Furniture Stadium on Thursday, August 27. The Battle of the Beltway game is part of the Badges for Baseball initiative that the Sheriff’s Office focuses on annually.
The mentorship program pairs police officers with local kids to learn and play baseball. The officers in the program then aim to mentor and coach these kids by teaching them lessons about teamwork, communication, and respect on and off the field.
“We are very proud to be partnering with all of these exemplary organizations for such a great cause,” said Blue Crabs Manager, Stan Cliburn. “This is a chance for Charles County youth to experience baseball like never before. It’s a great opportunity for children to receive free baseball instruction from the pros, character building from local officers, and the chance to play on the field at Regency Furniture Stadium. I’m very excited to take part in this game.”
The game has been coined the Battle of the Beltway because one team will don Baltimore Orioles jerseys and the other will wear Washington Nationals jerseys. On arrival, the participants will be served breakfast and will take part in batting practice at 9:00 a.m. Opening ceremonies will commence shortly thereafter, which will be followed by a baseball game. To top off the fun, there will be a homerun derby immediately following the game.
The Sheriff’s Office and the Blue Crabs are able to present this event at low cost thanks to the Diamond Dream Foundation and Kroger, who are helping to fund the event.
“We are very appreciative that we are able to host this event, and we especially thank the Blue Crabs, the Diamond Dream Foundation, and Kroger for their generosity,” said Corporal Chris Cusmano. “We just hope for a good turnout and that everyone has fun. Learning from our own professionals is a great opportunity.”
About The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs: The Blue Crabs play 140 regular season games in the Atlantic League, considered the highest level of Minor League Baseball. Atlantic League players are “Major League-ready” and over the last 17 years, more than 650 players have advanced from Atlantic League clubs to Major League organizations, making the Atlantic League a preferred route for experienced players to be scouted by Major League Baseball. The Blue Crabs play at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Maryland. Please call 301-638-9788 or visit www.SOMDbluecrabs.com for more information and to reserve your seat at the ballpark today!
About The Charles County Sheriff’s Office: The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service law enforcement agency comprised of more than 600 police, corrections and civilian personnel responsible for protecting more than 150,000 residents. The CCSO was accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in 2001 has been designated as a CALEA Gold Standard of Excellence agency since 2011. Established in 1658, the CCSO is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the United States. For more information, visit www.ccso.us.
About The Diamond Dream Foundation: The Diamond Dream Foundation is a Washington, D.C. based nonprofit organization that provides sports opportunities and nutritional outreach to underserved and at-risk youth. The goal of the foundation is to help overcome childhood obesity, increase physical activity, encourage academic achievement, and develop a better sense of self-esteem and community. DDF’s mission: Creating a Future of All-Stars by inspiring youth to live healthy and active lives.