President's Cup championship Saturday
Gilman, Mount St. Joseph to play rematch at Camden Yards
CHICAGO -- The Baltimore Orioles will host two high schools, Gilman and Mount St. Joseph, in the President's Cup Championship Game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards this Saturday.
The President's Cup is a 16-team, single-elimination tournament that gives public and private schools in Baltimore City an opportunity to compete against one another, and the tournament's championship game was announced in a ceremony earlier this year, with Orioles center fielder Adam Jones in attendance.
"The Orioles are excited to host the finale of the President's Cup again this season," Orioles director of communications Greg Bader said. "This tournament, which seeks to bring those from different backgrounds together, fittingly represents what baseball means and has historically meant to society as a whole."This game is free and open to the public and first pitch is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. ET, with gates opening at noon. Hall of Famer Frank Robinson is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, and the former Orioles outfielder, who has his uniform number retired by the organization, said in a press release that he was excited to return to Baltimore and help promote positive youth activities.
"I love going back to the City of Baltimore where I spent many wonderful years as a player, manager, executive and World Series champion," Robinson said. "I am very proud to be representing Major League Baseball at the President's Cup, which is a fine example of inclusion and opportunity, two principles very important to Commissioner [Bud] Selig and myself. This speaks to the city's joy for the game, and I am truly looking forward to attending the championship game."
Robinson, a two-time World Series champion as a member of the Orioles, will also meet with the players who participated in The President's Cup prior to Saturday's game. This is the second year of the tournament, with Gilman and Mount St. Joseph scheduled for a rematch of last year's championship game, which ended with Gilman's 2-0 win.
Fans should park in Lot A and use the Home Plate Plaza entrance to the ballpark, located between Gates D and E. Those unable to attend the game can listen to a live broadcast streaming online at www.orioles.com.
The President's Cup aims to unite Baltimore's youth by using baseball to bring together groups of high-school students from different backgrounds that normally would not compete with one another. Tournament play kicked off March 31 with 16 schools -- nine public and seven private -- and the showcase helps reestablish the merits of youth baseball.
The President's Cup is an exciting new addition to the P.L.A.Y. campaign, which provides Baltimore's youth with opportunities to strengthen their self-confidence, develop leadership skills, learn from positive role models, and be rewarded athletically for their academic achievements. P.L.A.Y., which stands for "Productive Lives, Active Youth encourages kids to thrive academically, socially and emotionally.
New to this year's event is Growing the Game, a major financial campaign to help provide Baltimore City youth with an opportunity to play on safe, well-maintained baseball fields. The campaign has raised more than $166,000, thanks in large part to a matching gift of $83,000 from Orioles principal owner and managing artner Peter Angelos.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.