Howard County Youth "PLAY" with the O's

HC DrugFree, along with our partners, the Howard County Police Department and the Department of Fire and Rescue Services, took Howard County youth to Camden Yards for the second consecutive year to interact with Baltimore Orioles players and staff while learning about the dangers of using steroids and other appearance- and performance-enhancing drugs. Sponsored by The Taylor Hooton Foundation and The Professional Baseball Trainers Association's PLAY (Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth), this free event included dugout "chalk talks" about steriod drug abuse and nutrition, on-field exercise sessions with the training staff and time with relief pitcher Kevin Gregg. Each child received a signed player card, and the Orioles provided the youth and their families with tickets to the evening game. Watch Channel 2 News coverage of this event.

Thanks to David's Natural Market in the Wilde Lake Village Center and the Hickory Ridge Giant for providing refreshments as well as a special thanks to the Taylor Hooton Foundation board chair and Howard County resident Neil Romano and his staff at The Romano Group.