Southern Maryland Blue Crabs player Jared Walker displays the replica Baltimore Elite Giants jersey. The match jerseys will be auctioned off at the June 18 home game against the Lancaster Barnstormers. Credit: Southern Maryland Blue Crabs

LA PLATA, Maryland – June 8, 2022 — University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center joined the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in celebration June 18 during the team’s June 18 baseball game at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf.

Charles County Community Hospital, along with partners Ivy and Pearls of Southern Maryland Community Charities, Southern Maryland Chain (MD) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, and Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc., Southern Maryland Chapter, will co-host a ball game health fair that will address issues prevalent in the area’s African American community, including sickle cell disease, diabetes, hypertension, obesity and high blood pressure.

“We are thrilled to work with the Blue Crabs to celebrate African American history and culture,” said Noel Cervino, UM Charles Regional President and CEO. “Disease prevention is a core part of our health mission, so we appreciate the opportunity to work with these three service organizations to help educate and inform people about the health issues identified in our health needs assessment. community that affects all residents of the county, but are of primary importance. importance among African Americans.

The health fair, which will include blood pressure checks, diabetes screening and other important health information, is part of a larger event at the stadium celebrating the contributions of the black leagues to sports and society. American culture. The team-sponsored festivities that night include a traveling display of Dark League artifacts.

Fans will also be able to bid on replica game jerseys representing the Baltimore Elite Giants, a franchise that played in the leagues between 1920 and 1950. Among the Hall of Famers who played for the Elite Giants was Roy Campanella, believed to be one of the greatest receivers. already. Campanella played three seasons for the team and eventually played for the Brooklyn Dodgers alongside Jackie Robinson from 1948 to 1957.

Proceeds from the auction will benefit the UM Charles Regional Medical Center Foundation and will be used to support additional health fairs and services for the African American community.

Tickets for the game are available for purchase on the Blue Crabs website at somdbluecrabs.com or by calling 301-638-9788.