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Ravens’ Torrey Smith ups annual celebrity basketball game for charity

WMAR Staff

BALTIMORE, Md. – Baltimore Ravens’ wide receiver Torrey Smith is spending his off-season trying to make a difference.

He spent his Tuesday reading to students in Baltimore City and his Wednesday promoting a charity basketball game that will bring together two of Maryland’s biggest sports franchises.

Smith calls it the “Battle of the Beltway.”

Proceeds benefit the The Torrey Smith Foundation.

“The mission …  is to better the lives of Baltimore area youth by providing educational support, opportunities and resources. The goal is to have touched the lives of more than 35,000 children by 2016,” according to Smith’s website.

The celebrity basketball tournament will pit Smith and some of his Ravens teammates against linebacker Ryan Kerrigan and a few of his Washington Redskins teammates.

Smith has hosted a celebrity game for the past three years, although he’s hoping to make the fourth year bigger and better.

“This is the first year we’re presenting scholarship checks and we’re excited about that. It’s actually our first year moving it to the University of Maryland. It’s been at my high school in the past so we’re hoping to do it bigger and better and because of that, we’re hoping it’ll help the foundation more,” Smith said.

The game is Saturday March 29 at the Comcast Center in College Park. Tickets are $15 in advance—-available at

And the week after the game is the biggest event of the off-season for Smith. He and his wife are expecting a baby boy in early April.

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