As a long time Maryland resident, I grew up going to Bowie Baysox baseball games. I recently learned that the Baysox are teaming up with the Travis Manion Foundation to host a special Navy Night at Prince George’s Stadium on Friday, August 5! The team is set to square off that night against the Richmond Flying Squirrels at 7:05 PM (hopefully with your support and attendance!), with a fireworks show after the game.
According to a recent press release, Adam Pohl, the Baysox Director of Broadcasting quoted “We are so pleased to be working in conjunction with the Travis Manion Foundation and Navy Night is a perfect fit. What a fun night it will be to come raise funds for the Foundation by coming to a ballgame.” And Mr. Pohl, we have to agree!
The Navy Night will honor the USA’s brave service men and women, veterans, first responders and fallen heroes. Annapolis’ own United States Naval Academy Class of 2020 will be in attendance, and representative of the Travis Manion Foundation will throw out the first pitch.
Keep in mind that a donation will be made to the Travis Manion Foundation for each ticket sold using the coupon code TRAVIS. Donations will be used to support the Foundation’s Annapolis 9/11 Heroes Run 5K,. The 5K will take place at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on September 11 at 2 PM. For those unaware, the 9/11 Heroes Run series was inspired by Marine 1st Lt. Travis Manion. He was a Naval Academy graduate killed in Iraq in April 2007. The series pays tribute to Travis’ personal commitment to “never forget” the heroes of 9/11. According to the Foundation, Travis visited Rescue One in New York City right before his final deployment. He returned home with “a deeper passion about why he was fighting in Iraq.”
You can find 9/11 Heroes Run events not just in Annapolis, but all across the country. It’s amazing to watch communities come together to honor active duty, veterans, first responders, and Gold Star Families. According to a recent press release, more than 1,500 individuals and families participated in the Annapolis event last year.