The 4th Annual OriolesREACH Birdland Golf Classic raised $29,000 to benefit the Miracle League of Manasota, an organization dedicated to providing an opportunity for every person to play baseball, regardless of their ability. Eighty-three players took part in the event on February 17 at Laurel Oak Country Club.
The classic featured a silent auction and the chance to play a round with current and former Orioles players and coaches. Manager BUCK SHOWALTER and current Orioles CHRIS DAVIS, J.J. HARDY, ADAM JONES and MATT WIETERS were among the many Orioles who attended.
Since its inception, the Birdland Golf Classic has raised more than $125,000 for the Miracle League of Manasota. For the 14,000 school-aged children with disabilities and their adult counterparts in Sarasota and Manatee counties, a synthetically surfaced baseball field with all the requisite amenities was completed in 2012 in Longwood Park, just off University Parkway in Sarasota.
Sarasota County committed $500,000 to building the field, with the Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates also contributing $150,000. The opening game of the Miracle League of Manasota was held on March 17, 2012. For more information, visit www.miracleleaguemanasota.org.