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The Sport of Giving

Winston Churchill once said, "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." In that spirit, PressBox offers some ideas on how fans can support their teams, players and some very worthwhile causes.

BRIGANCE'S BRIGADE

Former Ravens linebacker and current Director of Player Development O.J. Brigance is currently fighting amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) -- more commonly known as "Lou Gehrig's disease" -- that progressively shuts down nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.

Baltimore Community Foundation
2 East Read Street, 9th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202
Write 'The Brigance Brigade Fund' on your check.
410-332-4171
You can donate online at www.brigancebrigade.org.

SHANNON'S FUND

The Orioles established Shannon's Fund with a $50,000 endowment at the University of Maryland Medical Center to provide financial assistance to cancer patients and their families. Created in memory of Shannon Obaker -- the team's director of community outreach who bravely fought cancer for more than a year before passing away in January 2007 at age 29. Money will be used for cancer patients and their family members as needs arise to assist with the general expenses associated with the treatment process, including hospital parking, alternate housing, food costs and household bills.

Shannon's Fund
c/o Orioles Charitable Foundation
333 West Camden Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Write "Orioles Charitable Foundation" on your check.

RAY LEWIS FOUNDATION

The Ray Lewis Foundation raises funds provide personal and economic assistance to disadvantaged youth. Every year, Lewis hosts a "back to school" kickoff event and the Ray Lewis Great Maryland Duck Derby. The foundation also donates 440 Thanksgiving turkeys to Baltimore's neediest families and runs a Holiday Gift Marketplace where youth can "shop" for gifts for themselves and loved ones. To help, visit www.raylewis52.com.

CAL RIPKEN LICENSE PLATES

The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation helps build character and teaches critical life lessons to disadvantaged young people residing in America's most distressed communities through baseball and softball themed programs. The official Maryland Cal Ripken Hall of Fame license plates are issued by the Maryland Motor Vehicles Administration and can only be ordered through PressBox. Profits benefit the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation. Visit www.pressboxonline.com and click on STORE.

MATT KATULA FOUNDATION

The Matt Katula Foundation helps children with financial support and guidance to achieve their goals and provides for the growth and development of community sports programs.

The Matt Katula Foundation
3 Greenwood Place Suite 104
Baltimore, MD 21208
www.perfectlaces.com

Posted November 19, 2008