MANATEE COUNTY – When the O’s come to town they don’t spend all their time on the baseball diamond. The team looks forward to playing some golf, but more importantly, helping out the Miracle League of Manasota.

“All you have to do is go out to one of these fields or just see the impact it has on our neighbors here in Sarasota, it’s special. It’s a very easy sell to our players. They actually wish we could do it more times,” says Orioles Manager Buck Showalter.

It’s the 7th Annual OriolesREACH Birdland Golf Classic and with the past 6, they’ve raised collectively more than $200,000. This year is no different.

“Our goal this year is to net 50. So, I think last year we were just under that so hopefully we’re going to beat it,” says Birdland Golf Classic Chairman Max Levine.

2013 and 2015 MLB home run leader Chris Davis says nothing beats getting out on the golf course with community members and teammates. Also, nothing beats beating your buddies.

“We can’t do anything without competing so it’s fun to see who can play a little bit and who’s not very good. I’m sure there will be some trash talking,” says Davis.

It’s truly amazing the impact one nice, fun day on the golf course can have on so many deserving individuals.

“This is our flagship event. The bread and butter for the Miracle League of Manasota. The money we raise here today alone will operate our league for a full calendar year,” says Levine.

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Ben Bobick
Ben Bobick is a multimedia journalist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a May 2016 graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism and a Sports Journalism Certificate from the John C. Curley Center for Sports Journalism. At Penn State, Ben hosted a radio show four days a week and was a member of the Emmy Award winning student-run newscast, the Centre County Report where he was a sports anchor and reporter. Ben was also part of the inaugural class of the Penn State Hollywood Program. He interned for KABC-TV in Los Angeles as an entertainment intern. He had the opportunity to interview Grammy award winning artist Kendrick Lamar, Fifth Harmony, Jennifer Garner and the season 22 cast of Dancing with the Stars among others. In his spare time, Ben loves to watch and play sports. Being from Pittsburgh, he’s a big Steelers, Pirates and Penguins fan. Ben is an avid golfer and loves to hit the course any time he can. He is very active on social media, so feel free to tweet him (@BeBo_Here) or get in touch with him on Facebook ( For story ideas or a news tip you can also get in touch by e-mailing him at