One evening after the Ravens beat their division rival Cincinnati Bengals, autographed helmets and jerseys of lots of the crew’s high gamers had been out there in a raffle on the high flooring of the Hyatt Regency within the Inner Harbor.
Those who gathered purchased raffle tickets, appeared out over the Inner Harbor and mingled with Ravens linebacker Tyus Bowser, who just lately launched an eponymous nonprofit aimed to assist deprived youth in Baltimore City.
The Tyus Bowser Foundation expects to host an occasion for academics in early 2024, however first, the nonprofit kicked off with an occasion to boost cash. The basis hopes to:
- Renovate unused school rooms in Baltimore center faculties into areas that promote science, know-how, engineering, arithmetic and artwork.
- Fund college provides for academics, somewhat than academics spending their cash.
- Offer skilled recommendation to highschool college students.
Bowser waited till he’d established himself within the NFL and obtained a second contract, he mentioned, earlier than launching the nonprofit. He was impressed partially by former Ravens teammate Calais Campbell, who was named Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2019.
“Just being able to impact kids, impact this community, especially being here for the last six years, I definitely want to give back just how they’ve been giving me,” Bowser advised the Baltimore Sun.
The Texas native, who has not performed this season on account of damage, is in his seventh 12 months with the Ravens. He needed to begin the nonprofit in Baltimore as a result of “this is home to me,” he mentioned.
Bowser has frolicked serving to his cousin, a trainer in Houston, put together her classroom for the varsity 12 months and observed how a lot of their very own cash academics spend on college provides.
“When I say beyond proud, it’s an understatement,” mentioned Bryana Jackson, his cousin, who attended the launch Friday in Baltimore. “I would fly in a New York minute just to come up here and help him. The young man that he has become, I’m extremely proud.”
Attendees at Friday’s “friends and family” kickoff occasion purchased raffle tickets to win autographed merchandise from many Ravens: Bowser himself, Lamar Jackson, Odell Beckham Jr., Zay Flowers, Gus Edwards, Mark Andrews, Roquan Smith, Patrick Queen, Kyle Hamilton, Geno Stone and Justin Tucker.
Raffle tickets had been priced at one for $20 or six for $100. A signed baseball from Orioles All-Star Austin Hays, who sponsored a $20,000 scholarship for college kids in want earlier final 12 months, was additionally a prize.
Funds raised from Friday will go towards a “teacher scramble,” permitting academics to buy their school rooms.
“Teachers go above and beyond for those kids and I just want to be that help for them so they don’t have to go out of pocket,” Bowser mentioned.
Drafted by Baltimore in 2017, the 28-year-old Bowser began all 17 Ravens video games in 2021 and notched seven sacks. He’s been sidelined by a knee damage, nonetheless, and has not performed this season.
He advised The Sun Friday evening it’s been “a process,” however that he’s beginning to see progress and hopes to return quickly.
“My mindset is always to come back this year,” Bowser mentioned.
“I don’t want to ever let any games go. But I’m also looking out for myself, just making sure I’m at my best. Because when I get on the field I make sure that I pour my heart out for my team, because I always put the team first before me.”