On Sunday May 8th, Ottawa REDBLACKS fan favourite defensive back opened up the doors of TD Place to the city of Ottawa for his first ever Sherrod Baltimore Family and Friends Day. It was a free football camp for kids 6 to 18 years old, and it was an all around great day for anybody that wanted to hang out with Baltimore, and some other CFL players. From the great day that Mother Nature was able to provide, to the amazing day that Baltimore laid out with the help of his partners, everything about the event on Sunday was a success. When asked about the day, and if it was everything he had expected of it, he told JZ Media’s Jordan Zlomislic, “it was amazing.” explaining, “it went way better than expected. Saying it was everything I expected it to be would be an understatement. It went above and beyond what I thought it would be like. It’s a blessing to have been able to do an event like that. I am grateful for everyone that helped out and made it possible, and everyone that gave me the opportunity to do it.”
After playing with the Redblacks since 2017, and being cheered on by many around the city, this event that Baltimore put on could be looked at by many as an opportunity for him to give back to the city. Many could see it as his way to say thank you to the fans that have supported him for the past 5 years, and to welcome them back to TD Place for the upcoming season, but really what it was for Baltimore was putting everything he has been doing in the city on the big stage.
Since he got to Ottawa back in 2017, Sherrod Baltimore has always been heavily involved in the community in the city of Ottawa. Whether it was through community events put on by the Redblacks or being incorporated into other events and circles around the city, Baltimore has always been a big name in the city of Ottawa and has consistently been making his presence felt in a positive way. He has built real, and meaningful relationships with a number of individuals across the city, while also serving as a role model for many young athletes as well. Sunday, being able to have an event at TD Place where over 200 kids could gather, play football and have fun, the Sherrod Baltimore Family and Friends day was just putting his work on a bigger stage. Baltimore explained, “I’ve been doing things like this. I’ve been giving back to the city, this was just the first time it was put on a bigger platform for more people to see. I remember when I was in my second season (in Ottawa, 2018) I used to get a uber to St. Matts to go to Coach Jean’s games and trainings. We gave cleats to kids, and I’ve always been in the community, not everyone knew about it all, but after going on a big platform, we’re only going to do more. The future is going to be full of events, and community days for everyone, I’m already thinking of what’s next.”
With more community events like the one on Sunday, the future looks extremely bright in Ottawa.
For those that weren’t able to attend Sherrod Baltimore’s family and friends day, be sure to be on the lookout for the next event, because you will not want to miss it.