Ravens host high school symposium


About 75 college-bound juniors from 19 Baltimore City high schools participated in a four-hour "Training Camp for Life" symposium at the Ravens' practice facility in Owings Mills yesterday.

The pilot program is sponsored by Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, the NFL Players Association and the Ravens. The student athletes, selected by their coaches for both academic and athletic skills, heard nine featured speakers address a variety of topics related to the transition from high school to college life.

Topics included financial literacy, life skills, NCAA eligibility requirements, media relations and SAT/ACT test strategies. The Ravens are the second of five NFL teams to hold the symposium this year. The Carolina Panthers held the first event in February.

Among the speakers were Riddick Parker, a former Ravens linebacker and a financial adviser for Legg Mason; Ayanna Malachi, academic adviser for Play it Smart Academy; Chuck Martin, administrative vice president of M&T Bank; Amber Theoharis, Fox 45 sportscaster; and Mark Clayton, Ravens receiver.

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