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Ravens' Harewood to hold football camp in Barbados

Offensive lineman and 'Bajan' native aims to help island's children

By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun

7:42 PM EDT, April 16, 2013

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Ravens offensive guard Ramon Harewood is spending part of the off-season back home in Barbados, where later this week he will host a football camp for children on the island.

The "Big Mon Elite Athlete Development Camp" is set to begin Thursday and will include appearances by Harewood's Ravens teammates, including Ray Rice, Torrey Smith, Michael Oher and Bryan Hall.

"The strong academic foundation and diverse athletic training I received growing up in Barbados has enabled me to achieve success on many levels as an adult and it is an honor to share what I have learned with the younger generation," said Harewood, who grew up in the town of St. Michael, Barbados, where he played volleyball, track and field, cricket and soccer before transferring to Morehouse in Atlanta to play football.

The sports camp will feature one-on-one training sessions, fitness drills and football techniques for more than 200 Barbadian children, ages 11-18. The children will also be able to talk to players to gain insight about their careers and see a screening of "The Blind Side," a film modeled on the life story of Oher.

The event is sponsored by the Barbados Tourism Authority, American Airlines and The Hilton Barbados Resort. For information on taking a trip to Barbados, go to visitbarbados.org.

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