Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith was at Dickey Hill Elementary/Middle School speaking for his literary oasis project. According to The Baltimore Sun on Feb. 25, Smith also spoke out about the situation surrounding teammate Ray Rice’s arrest for domestic violence.
It’s definitely a situation that it’s nothing to be proud of for us or for him,” Smith said. “He knows that. But Janay and Ray are great friends of ours. They’re focused on trying to fix it and make things right and we’re going to support them like we have in the past.
Who are we to judge them? We don’t know what happened and we don’t know what they’re building on. I’ve talked to him and they are in a great space and trying to continue to grow from it. The fact that they are going on, moving on, trying to grow from it, we’re going to support them more than ever because a lot of people are going to turn their backs on them.”
Torrey Smith was at Dickey Hill Elementary/Middle School to promote “Torrey’s Reading Oasis,” created as part of his Torrey Smith Foundation, which aims to better the lives of Baltimore Youth through education. Smith told the kids, “It’s not possible to be where I’m standing right now without school. Education is the most important thing you can have. You guys have to understand just how important this is, just not now but for your future.”
The reading room reflects the Baltimore Ravens team colors and Torrey Smith’s No. 82 jersey. “Just looking at it, it motivates me to want to go over there [and sit] Indian style and read a book,” he told the students. Smith graduated from the University of Maryland before being drafted by the Ravens in the 2011 draft.
The Torrey Smith Foundation is sponsoring its annual charity basketball game called the “Battle of the Beltway.” This game pits Smith and the Ravens against Ryan Kerrigan and the Washington Redskins. The game will take place at Comcast Center in College Park on March 29. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. All proceeds benefit Smith’s foundation and Ryan Kerrigan’s Blitz for the Better Foundation. You can get full details HERE.