ANNAPOLIS, Md (WJZ) — Former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis is promoting jobs and outreach programs he believes can make a difference in Baltimore and the rest of the state.
Lewis would like to build on his Baltimore 1,000 jobs program and single mothers foundation, L2 Family Fund, with direct interaction with at-risk kids on city streets.
Lewis tells the House of Delegates about schooling.
“I know ‘new school’ may be the new and popular thing, but the only way I really believe we will make change is if we go back to old school,” he says.
The former Ravens linebacker, who spent his entire 17-year NFL career in Baltimore was in Annapolis to pitch an outreach program he believes can turn young people away from gangs and crime.
“And old school is implementing these programs walking into these streets, letting these people see who we are, don’t make enough money and then move away from the problems. If you want to solve the problems you have to meet the problems where they are, and that means walking the streets where these problems exist, cause that’s where these kids need to see us.”
Lewis also shared his experience with his single mothers’ foundation with the Baltimore City delegation.
“And if you listen to these stories that are coming from these mothers it will blow your mind to understand the pain that these mothers have to endure day in and day out.”
Lewis left the House of Delegates with a promise to up his game.
“I just want to say thank you guys for this opportunity. The work that I’m doing can’t stop, it won’t stop,” he says.
Leaving Delegates with the sentiment that Baltimore is still his house.
Thousands of disadvantaged young people have been helped through the Ray Lewis Power 52 foundation.
Ray Lewis was also welcomed in the Maryland Senate Friday morning.