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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Torrey and Chanel Smith

Former Maryland and Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith has been involved with myriad causes in Baltimore this year, but an announcement he made in November underscored the commitment he’s made to the city he played in from 2011-2014.

Smith and his wife, Chanel, partnered with Baltimore City Recreation and Parks to reopen Hilton Rec Center in West Baltimore. Smith’s foundation, LEVEL82, will run the programming at the center in conjunction with BCRP. Smith will be at the center two days a week — and his children will take part in the programs as well.

“I want people to be involved not because I’m involved but because they care about it, because they see the need, because they want to help,” Smith said in November. “It’s going to be another long journey to go and prove that because in a city where there are a lot of challenges, there’s a lot of potential as well. … I’m looking forward to try to bring as many people as possible on board to try to [create] a better Baltimore.”

Photo Credit: Joey Pulone/Baltimore Ravens 

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