Maryland Black Bears Announce Partnership with the Ryan Brooks Harrison Foundation and Baltimore Jr. Banners

November 2, 2021 - North American Hockey League (NAHL) - Maryland Black Bears News Release

ODENTON, MD - Today, the Maryland Black Bears announced a partnership with the Ryan Brooks Harrison Foundation, a charity organization whose mission is to provide live sporting event tickets to area youth and to support youth participation in athletics. Often, these games are the first time young people have been able to experience a game in person.

The Foundation will provide 10 tickets to 3 Maryland Black Bears hockey home games this season. The games selected are:

November 6 vs The Maine Nordiques

January 8 vs The New Jersey Titans

February 5 vs The Jamestown Rebels

The organizations are thrilled to be working with the Baltimore Jr. Banners to distribute tickets to their players for these games. The Baltimore Jr. Banners and Baltimore Banners are the ice hockey teams managed by The Tender Bridge, based out of the Mimi Di Pietro Skating Center in Patterson Park, East Baltimore. The Tender Bridge ensures all Banners and Jr. Banners programming is free for players, including the costs of equipment, travel, and ice time. The majority of the Banners players are from the Ellwood Park neighborhood of Baltimore City.

"The Ryan Brooks Harrison Foundation is honored to work with the Black Bears to bring members of the Baltimore Banners to their first hockey game," said Jamie Harrison, RBHF Chairman. "We are touched by the mission and resiliency of the Banners' organization, and we know that Ryan would be moved by their story." He added, "This will be our first-ever sponsorship of a hockey game, and so November 6 will definitely be "Banner" day for us!"

"This partnership represents so much of what the Maryland Black Bears stand for," said Maryland Black Bears' President Robyn Remick. "Showcasing the hockey experience to youth teams and building skills both on and off the ice are paramount. We are grateful to RBHF for the opportunity to work with them in Ryan's memory and we look forward to building a meaningful hockey relationship with The Jr. Banners," she added.

"The Banners are grateful for the generous support of the Ryan Brooks Harrison Foundation and the Maryland Black Bears. Kids always remember the first time they step on the ice or see their first hockey game and we know that Ryan Brooks Harrison's legacy will create a lifetime love of hockey for our special group of kids," said Noel Acton, Executive Director of the Tender Bridge. "Continuing to grow hockey is critical to the future of the game and we are eager to watch this partnership foster that mission in Baltimore City."

With a record of 12-4-1-1 and 26 points, the Black Bears are currently leading the East Division of the NAHL. Schedule information and tickets to Maryland Black Bears home games are available through

 The Maryland Black Bears is a Junior Hockey Team that competes in the North American Hockey League (NAHL). Players 17-20 years old, are vying for NCAA Scholarships and commitments. The Black Bears are the hometown hockey team of Central Maryland and play out of the Piney Orchard Ice Arena.

The Ryan Brooks Harrison Foundation seeks to share the passion that Ryan had for sports with young people in our community. They do this by supporting youth athletics and by helping children to attend games and sporting events.

The Baltimore Banners and Jr Banners are managed by The Tender Bridge. Its essential mission is closing the gap between kids who need help and the numerous available programs that provide that help but may not be effectively reaching some of Baltimore City's most at-risk children. Their basic goal is to provide seriously life-challenged kids not just a chance to feel better about themselves, but a chance to change their life outcomes.

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