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One member of the Baltimore Orioles is taking full advantage of the offseason by giving back to the community. Adam Jones has been working with underprivileged youth in Baltimore and his efforts havenʼt gone unnoticed.

Last week, he was awarded the Babe Ruth Community Service Award during Babeʼs Birthday Bash, this year celebrating the Great Bambinoʼs 100th birthday. This award was created to honor the memory of Babe Ruth and recognizes “an active or former professional athlete or individual with ties to the Maryland sports community who has shown a strong devotion to giving back to the local community.”

Jones might be inspired to give back because he was given as hand himself as a child in San Diego, where he spent afternoons at the Encanto Boys & Girls Club. He wore borrowed or hand-me-down clothes and relied on the parents of friends to purchase his necessary sporting equipment — promising to pay them back when he hit the major leagues. “No one gets anywhere by themselves,” Jones said. “I count my blessings. I know where I want to go, but I’ll never forget where I came from. Would I have made it without help? I don’t know. But I’m glad that my story is the way it is — and it’s a good story to tell.”

As the richest Baltimore Oriole ever, he gives back to kids in his community. He now supports Baltimoreʼs Brooklyn OʼMalley Boys & Girls Club where, in November, he unveiled the Adam Jones and Baltimore Orioles Technology and Learning Center. On that occasion, he said, “Obviously this is something I love to do. Just for the fact that it’s a place for kids to always come, if they don’t necessarily want to come home. I just want to create a better opportunity for these kids here.”

It is no surprise, then, that he was the winner of the award this year. Jones accepted it award with humility, saying “this is not about receiving awards, it’s about helping the youth and creating opportunities. Luckily, I’m in a position to do that.”

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