Four Baltimore City high school athletes joined Ravens at the White House

June 07, 2013|The Baltimore Sun

When the Ravens visited the White House on Wednesday, four Baltimore City athletes went along for the ride.

The Ravens invited city high school football players Steven Thomas (Poly) and David Owens (City), as well as girls basketball players A'Lexus Harrison (Digital Harbor) and Zyaire Lockley (Western), to join them in Washington, D.C., because President Barack Obama announced during the trip that the Ravens will be donating new uniforms for Baltimore City girls varsity basketball and varsity football teams.

"And today, I'm proud to announce that the Ravens will be donating brand new uniforms for varsity football and girls' basketball teams at public schools all across Baltimore -- that’s a total of 42 teams," President Obama said Wednesday. "We're glad to have some high school athletes from Baltimore here to celebrate with us here today."

The students met at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills around 7:45 a.m., according to Baltimore City coordinator of athletics Bob Wade, and rode buses with the Ravens to the White House.

In addition to meeting a lot of the players and coaches, the four high school athletes also participated in a private Q&A with Ray Lewis, Ray Rice, Joe Flacco, Torrey Smith and John Harbaugh, according to Ravens community relations manager Heather Darney.

Students from Harper High School in Chicago, who were invited by Michelle Obama, joined the students from Baltimore and sat in the first row during President Obama's speech.

Details on the uniform donations are still being finalized and will be announced in the near future, according to Darney.

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