For Immediate Release
Course is the first of its kind in Baltimore City and supported through BGE's three-year $105,000 commitment
BALTIMORE (Aug. 9, 2017) - Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School, Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) and Baltimore City Recreation and Parks today proudly announced the unveiling of a state-of-the-art ropes course supported through BGE's three-year $105,000 commitment. The aerial challenge course in Leakin Park is the first of its kind in Baltimore City.
The challenge course is a unique, outdoor personal development activity that provides middle and high school students the opportunity to test themselves on low and high rope course challenges while developing skills to overcome personal challenges. BGE joins the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks as significant contributors to the course's expansion along with support for the Police Youth Challenge, a program that aims to change negative perceptions between youth and police in Baltimore.
"The expansion of our challenge course means that we'll be able to deliver even more character education programming to our community, with increased safety and quality of curriculum, said Ginger Mihalik, Executive Director at Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School. "With the help of BGE and the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks, we are now able to increase our impact, providing meaningful experiences to students throughout the city and region – including the youth and officers who visit us every week for the Police Youth Challenge.
"This rope course is an example of BGE's commitment to the Baltimore region, and we are honored to support the critical work that the Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School does each and every day," said Valencia McClure, vice president of governmental and external affairs and corporate relations for BGE. "Young people are our most precious resource and programs like this are critically important to their success."
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