Best Of 2020

Throughout the past year, scores of current and former local athletes and coaches have taken active roles in the fight against COVID-19 and for social justice. These are just a few of their stories. 

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Baltimore Orioles

In the fall, the Baltimore City Board of Elections and Maryland Stadium Authority came to an agreement to use Oriole Park at Camden Yards as a voting center in the presidential general election for registered voters from Baltimore City, with Dempsey’s Brew Pub and Restaurant serving as the polling location.

Dempsey’s was open for early voting from Oct. 26-Nov. 2 and on Election Day Nov. 3. It marked the first time Camden Yards had ever been used as a voting center.

In a statement prior to the election, Orioles president John Angelos called the right to vote “a fundamental promise of our democracy.”

“… It is a privilege to collaborate with the Baltimore City Board of Elections and the Maryland Stadium Authority to offer Camden Yards as a polling location and shared gathering place this year on Election Day, just as it has been on many game days over nearly three decades,” Angelos said. “We look forward to continuing this tradition now and long into the future as we strengthen our nation, principles and the shared American ideals that bind all of us together.”

Nearly 160 million Americans voted in the presidential election. Angelos released another statement two days after media outlets called the election for Joe Biden.

“The Orioles organization, partnership group and front office congratulate the American people on a record voter turnout during the recent election, and we offer our support to both the current and incoming administrations in their collective effort to effectuate a cooperative, speedy and productive transition,” Angelos said. “We further support President-Elect Biden and his team in their efforts to confront the urgent pandemic and economic problems that face our society and the world as we unite against common challenges and look ahead in the collective interest of all Americans.”

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Baltimore Orioles 

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