Posted by: allisonbarnes | October 26, 2010

Heap of Hope

I’m going to break away from my traditional post from Carolina Athletics and spread the love to another team I hold dear to my heart, the Baltimore Ravens. My house is divided as my mom’s side loves the obnoxious yellow towel waving fans, while my father’s side have been die-hard Ravens fans since 1996.

My favorite player on the Ravens is tight end Todd Heap (#86). Not only is Heap a key player on the field but he also is an amazing player off. Heap, along with his wife Ashley, created the Todd Heap Foundation which provides assistance to children and families in need. Currently, the Foundation is raising $1 million for the the Franklin Square Hospital Center, located in Baltimore.

Heap created the Foundation in 2007 because of the increase in the number of patients that Franklin Square Hospital saw. As a father of three, the care that a pediatric hospital provides is something he is very passionate about. The pediatric center, which is planned to be completed by the end of 2010,  is apart of the new 356,000-square-foot, $175 million patient care tower. Heap’s donation helps kick off the first major renovation campaign of $10 million in 35 years for Baltimore County Hospital’s.

The completion of the Franklin Square Hospital expansion is almost complete, thanks to contributors like Todd Heap.

Chair of Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Scott Krugman believes that Heap’s gift and his high-profile within the community will help increase the Hospital’s recognition.

“We’re kind of out on the east side of Baltimore County. No one really knows who we are and what we do. But I think it  might give people the opportunity to take a second look at us,” Krugman said.

Heap has had a long history of giving back to the community. He has been known for visiting schools, hospitals, and troops overseas.  Heap also co-hosts, along with Mark Clayton and Michael Oher, the annual Goodwill Gridiron Halloween Party that benefits the Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake; an organization that supports and employs disadvantage people or those who have disabilities.

There are very few things that I enjoy more than watching football with my roommates on Sunday. However, hearing some great things that the Ravens are doing always makes me happy too.

Todd Heap, aka Fred Jones, with the rest of his Scooby Doo family at the 2009 Goodwill Gridiron Halloween Party

My Family repping our Ravens jerseys

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