All proceeds from the event benefited the Torrey Smith Foundation, which “provides physical, educational and financial programs for at-risk youth affected by domestic violence.”
“It was fun. I think everyone enjoyed it,” Smith said. “There were a lot of smiling faces, a bunch of family members bonding. It’s just about bringing people into the community and bringing the community together.”
The game drew more than 2,000 spectators and sold out in just days.
Among the current Ravens who participated were the likes of Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, Vonta Leach, Tyrod Taylor, Bryan Hall, Damien Berry, LaQuan Williams and D.J. Bryant. Recently-traded WR Anquan Boldin also took part.
The game was lightheartedly billed as a showdown between the Ravens and the Washington Redskins.
The Ravens came away with a 98-79 victory.
“It’s very exciting to see how far Torrey and his family have come in these few months,” said Drew Rosenhaus, Smith’s agent who also served as emcee for the big event. “From the tragic death of his brother, Tevin, to see everyone here on a joyous occasion, celebrating a world championship, celebrating community, charity, giving back, it’s just a great feeling. This is what it’s all about.”
Before the game, Smith delivered some words of encouragement to the kids in the stands.
“You can do whatever it is you put your mind to,” he said. “Don’t let anything ever tell you differently. If I can make it to the league from here, you can do far greater things.”
Thank you to everyone who came out to support my charity game..all of my teammates, The Redskins, boys from other teams, and volunteers
— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) March 24, 2013