As reported by the baltimoreravens.com, Michael Oher was the recipient of the “Horizon Award at Wednesday’s Congressional Award Gold Medal ceremony in Washington, D.C. Oher was joined by 252 recipients of the 2010 Gold Medal (Congress’ highest honor for youth), which recognizes young Americans who have dedicated hundreds of hours of public service to their communities, personal development, physical fitness and expedition/exploration.” This has been an amazing story to watch, Oher has been just as successful on the field as he has been off the field.
Fans should hear more stories like that of Michael Oher helping out the community and his receiving this high honor. In fact, its refreshing to hear about players giving back to the community rather than players holding out for more millions or getting into trouble.
Ray Rice also has been active this offseason as well with receiving a Star Spirit Award in March award and getting involved with youth football. For that matter, many Ravens and NFL players are active in community projects. My colleague Matt Jergensen wrote a column entitled, ”Bullies No More.” on how the identity of the Ravens is changing in a positive way. Matt puts it well by stating, “It only adds to the civic pride that when you can support a team that you can truly feel proud of on and off the field.”