Image via the Torrey Smith Family Fund.

Wide receiver Torrey Smith doesn’t play for the Baltimore Ravens anymore, but his connections to the city run deep. As he told the Ravens’ website in 2017: “Our roots in the community are bigger than football. I meet people here and they feel like I’m their nephew or their grandson or something. I don’t know why it is. I can’t really explain it. It’s always been amazing, and it’s home for us.”

His charity, the Torrey Smith Family Fund, creates after-school mentoring programs here and offers a scholarship named after Smith’s deceased brother, Tevin Jones. To help fund those efforts, Smith is holding a charity basketball game downtown. Some past participants include other former and current Ravens like Ed Reed, Terrance West, Anquan Boldin, Sam Koch and Jacoby Jones.

There will also be giveaways and live entertainment at halftime. It should be a fun game for a good cause.

6:30 p.m., Royal Farms Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St., (410) 347-2020,, $15 general admission seating, $50 assigned seats, $100 VIP seating.

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Brandon Weigel

Brandon Weigel is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. A graduate of the University of Maryland, he has been published in The Washington Post, The Sun, Baltimore Magazine, Urbanite, The Baltimore...