Baltimore Ravens Alumn Torrey Smith Continues To Impact His Adopted City
Young NFL alumnus Torrey Smith (above) is a two-time Super Bowl champion but his most outstanding achievements may very well be off the field.
For example, Smith continues to have a positive impact in his adopted state of Maryland. Although he is a Virginia native, Smith starred for the University of Maryland Terps in 2010 before being drafted in the second round by the nearby Baltimore Ravens the following year. Smith was a key member of that team’s Super Bowl XLVII victory over the 49ers in 2013. Smith also earned a second Super Bowl ring five years later with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Off the field, Smith and his wife Chanel founded the non-profit LEVEL82 Fund (originally called the Torrey Smith Family Fund) which aims to “leverage the power of community collaboration” to help families in downtrodden Baltimore.
The Foundation’s most recent contribution to that city occurred last month when it was announced that Smith had partnered with the Baltimore City Recreation and Parks Department to run the programming at the long-shuttered Hilton Recreation Center in West Baltimore. The Center has been closed for eight years but now will host LEVEL82 programs, including academic support, athletic and enrichment activities, mental health resources, and social services.
“We’re back to doing what we would truly feel like we were born to do, which is to help the community,” says Smith. “It’s something, and I am not going to lie, we’re a little nervous about. However, we’re excited about the responsibility to help others and to be hands-on with the community, and helping to change the community one family and one individual at a time. We have been working for some time to figure out how we can maximize the potential that we see in Baltimore.”
The Smith’s expect to be a regular presence at the Hilton Rec Center and they plan to enroll their three children in several of its programs.
“Torrey and Chanel could have chosen many places to renovate a rec center,” says Reginald Moore, Executive Director of Baltimore City Recreation & Parks, “but they chose Baltimore. That means a lot to our agency. Moreover, it means a lot to our community.”
Torrey Smith is only 31-years old but we in the NFL Alumni family are very proud of what he and HIS family already have accomplished in a city that needs to have more socially-concerned citizens like them.