Top High School Football Players to Square Off in Maryland Crab Bowl XII

Annual Showcase of High School Seniors comes to Salisbury this weekend

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(Salisbury, MD)  —  For high school seniors across the state of Maryland, playing football in December means you’re at the top of your game. Only the best-of-the-best play in December; whether that means battling it out for a state or conference championship or being one of the select few who get to showcase their talents in the Maryland Crab Bowl High School All-Star Football Game.

“This game is just a great way for seniors to end their careers by being recognized as one of the best in their state,” said Tony Kennedy, President of the Mid-Atlantic Sports Foundation Inc., which manages this and several other events that provide opportunities to student-athletes who aspire to play football at the collegiate level. 

(Left) Adrian Amos; (Right) Marquel Lee. Photo Courtesy of

The Maryland Crab Bowl, held annually in December, is the only recognized football All Star game in the state of Maryland. Kennedy takes great pride in the fact that several alumni from past Maryland Crab Bowl games are currently playing football in the NCAA and NFL. Among those are Calvert Hall High School (Baltimore) alumni and current Green Bay Packers defensive back Adrian Amos, and Westlake High School (Waldorf) graduate and current Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquel Lee

For the 12th Annual Maryland Crab Bowl, Kennedy announced earlier this year that the game will be played on the Eastern Shore for the first time ever, at Sea Gull Stadium on the campus of Salisbury University. Kennedy stressed the importance of expanding the game beyond its traditional location from the Baltimore-Washington Metro area, “Salisbury has been wonderful and we felt that by bringing game to the Eastern Shore that it would bring much needed exposure to all of our kids, not just the kids around our Beltways.” Kennedy said that the players are looking forward to all of the activities that have been planned across the Lower Eastern Shore as part of the All-Star Weekend festivities.

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In addition to the game, players and their families are invited to attend the banquet Friday evening in Ocean City at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center. There is also a planned visit to the Harriet Tubman Underground RailRoad and State Park and Museum in Dorchester County. Game day kicks off at 9:30 Saturday morning, starting with the 7th and 8 Grade Crab Bowl Youth All Star Games, as the Eastern Shore will take on Virginia Beach in two separate contests. The 12th Annual Maryland Crab Bowl High School Seniors All-Star Game will begin at 1:30 p.m., as the top players from Maryland public and private high schools and the District of Columbia face-off. 

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“The opportunity afforded to these players, to showcase their abilities against their peers, while also representing their schools and their hometowns is something truly special for any student-athlete,” said Maryland Sport Executive Terry Hasseltine, who will serve as the keynote speaker at Friday evening’s banquet. “This is also a huge win for Salisbury University and the Lower Eastern Shore community which, in recent years, has become a premier destination for sport tourism events from all over the country,” Hasseltine added.

Cole Lacey, Sports Marketing Representative for Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism, called the game, “A fantastic opportunity for some of the most elite football players in the state to come to our area, as well as, showcase the great facilities that Salisbury University has to offer.” Lacey says there is a lot of excitement around the fact that the Eastern Shore will be the home of the Crab Bowl this year.

For more information, including a complete listing of games and times, visit:


Maryland Crab Bowl XII

When: Saturday, December 21st

Where: Sea Gull Stadium; Salisbury University

Game Times: 

9:30 a.m. Game 1: 7th grade Crab Bowl Youth Stars (Eastern Shore vs. Virginia Beach)

11:30 a.m. Game 2: 8th grade Crab Bowl Youth Stars (Eastern Shore vs. Virginia Beach)

1:30 p.m. Game 3: The Maryland Crab Bowl XII: High School Senior All-Stars

More information:

About the Mid-Atlantic Sports Foundation:

Mid-Atlantic Sports Foundation is a non-profit organization aimed to support all student-athletes who desire to pursue affordable college opportunities through encouragement, education, and premier experiences, enabling them to showcase their passion and talent. 

About Maryland Sports:

The mission of Maryland’s Sports Commission is to enhance Maryland’s economy, image and quality of life through the attraction, promotion, retention and development of regional, national and international sporting events. 

“Not for the Faint of Heart”: 57th Annual JFK 50 Mile Returns to Washington County November 23rd

“Kennedy Challenge” Ultramarathon in Western Maryland is “Last of its Kind”

Boonsboro, MD  —  In the spring of 1963, President John F. Kennedy put forth a challenge to get America moving again. Kennedy was committed to challenging members of the U.S. Military to keep up with a rigorous skillset put in place at the beginning of the 20th Century by then-President Theodore Roosevelt. More than a half-century later, residents of Washington County, Maryland continue their commitment to the former president’s vision, with the annual JFK 50 Mile Ultramarathon

“The original challenge, to cover 50 miles on foot in one day, was issued by Teddy Roosevelt in the early 1900s. JFK greatly admired Roosevelt and, after a 50-year hiatus, (Kennedy) reissued the ‘Roosevelt/Kennedy Challenge’ during his administration,” explained Mike Spinnler, Race Director for the JFK 50 Mile. Spinnler is not only the Race Director for the JFK 50 Mile, he is also a past participant and two-time winner, “This event is conducted annually in Washington County, and it’s the last surviving ‘Kennedy Challenge’ event existing in the United States.”

Following Kennedy’s death, which happened just a few months after the inaugural nationwide Kennedy Challenge, many communities decided not to continue the JFK 50 Mile, or held a memorial run in its place, as Washington County did in 1964. For Spinnler, who competed from 1971 through 1990, and has served as race director since 1993, the credit for the race’s longevity and success is one shared by many, “We get amazing community support from local government, local businesses, hundreds of local residents who volunteer their time and energy, as well as the amazing assistance from Dan Spedden and his staff with the Hagerstown/ Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.”

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Baltimore Running Festival: “City Tradition Unlike Any Other”

Baltimore’s Largest Running Event Has Raised More than $14 Million for charity since 2001

BALTIMORE, MD —  Tens of thousands of people are expected in downtown Baltimore on Saturday for the Baltimore Running Festival. The festival, entering its 19th year, has become part of the sports fabric of the city, woven into Baltimore’s most storied sports traditions. However, the first running of the Baltimore Marathon came at an uncertain time for both the city and the country, held just one month following the September 11th terrorist attacks. 

“It was a challenging period of uncertainty for our city and country as people were unsure what to do,” said Dave Gell, Director of Communications for Corrigan Sports Enterprises. “That first edition eventually launched us down a road of tremendous local pride, and we’ve been able to build on that momentum every year.”

With up to 20,000 runners expected from across the United States, and 17 foreign countries, the event has grown into something much larger than a day of racing. “We host dozens of events throughout the year across the country, and the Baltimore Running Festival is our biggest event in terms of participants, scope and economic impact. This event has evolved into a city tradition unlike any other as we approach our 20th anniversary next year, and we’re thrilled to write the next chapter,” Gell added.

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Cambridge set to host IRONMAN Maryland for 6th Consecutive Year

Dorchester residents, businesses open doors to thousands of visitors next week

CAMBRIDGE, MD  — Known for its scenic byways and picturesque shorelines, Dorchester County is a haven for anyone who loves the outdoors. While the area is sought out by vacationers and weekend visitors because of its relaxed and laid back way of life, over the last decade, Dorchester County has made a name for itself as a premier destination for the highly competitive triathlon circuit, namely because of its partnership with IRONMAN

Dorchester County Tourism, along with officials from the City of Cambridge, are gearing up for the kickoff of the IRONMAN Maryland triathlon, which takes place Saturday, September 28. The competition is much more than a one-day event, it is the highlight of five-days of festivities, which celebrates the union between one of the most recognized brands in all of sports and one of the largest counties, by land area, in the state of Maryland.  

“IRONMAN has been an incredible partner over the years. The establishment of the IRONMAN Maryland race six-years-ago catapulted Dorchester County to the international stage for endurance racing,” said Amanda Fenstermaker, Director of Dorchester County Tourism. In that time, Fenstermaker says the county has seen a more than $25 million economic impact throughout the local community, the region, and the state. 

“The overall impact is significant based on the number of athletes and spectators that will be in Cambridge,” said Keats McGonigal, Senior Regional Director of the Mid-Atlantic Upper South Region for IRONMAN. “We have about 2,500 athletes registered. Each one of these athletes brings about two to four people with them, so we estimate about 10,000 people coming to Cambridge for the weekend,” McGonigal added. 

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Elite Tournaments Labor Day Weekend Tournament Returns to Maryland’s Central and Capital Regions

OBGC Capital Cup features top competition at premiere facilities, fundraising for Senior Dog Sanctuary in Anne Arundel County

COLUMBIA, MD — Labor Day weekend is generally thought of as the unofficial end of summer and the start of a new school year. In Maryland’s Central and Capital regions, the holiday weekend marks the return of one of the premier soccer events in the Mid-Atlantic. The OBGC Capital Cup gets underway Saturday, with match play continuing through Monday, as some of the top club soccer teams from around the country will square-off at some of the top facilities in Howard and Montgomery counties. 

“For many teams, the event is the start of their fall season and the first time they’ve played together, either since the spring or on a new team,” said Elle Marks, Business Development Manager for Elite Tournaments. Marks says the OBGC Capital Cup has become a perennial event for many organizations because of the quality of competition, tournament atmosphere and the facilities being used. Tournament play will take place at Lucido Fields at Covenant Park in Ellicott City, as well as various fields in the Olney area, including OBGC Community Park at Freeman Fields.

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Maryland Sports Commission Welcomes Delegation from Tongxiang, China

Meeting provides opportunity for new partnerships and ideas exchange

Ashley Harper Cottrell and Graham Whaples of the Maryland Sports Commission pose for a picture with trade delegation from Tongxiang, China.

BALTIMORE, MD — In the first meeting of its kind, the Maryland Sports Commission hosted a delegation of representatives from Tongxiang, China on Friday. Several members of the Tongxiang  government, along with heads of state television and radio stations, arrived in Baltimore as part of an international trade mission. The goal was for Tongxiang officials to discuss strategies aimed at developing the sport tourism industry and the potential for future partnerships between that region and the state of Maryland. 

“We welcome any opportunity to connect with potential partners, whether it’s organizations from within the United States or internationally,” said Terry Hasseltine, Executive Director of the Maryland Sports Commission. “Whenever there is the opportunity to grow the sport tourism industry for the state of Maryland, we’re always interested in getting together to learn more and to share the successes we’ve experienced.” 

Pan Minfang, Member of the Standing Committee and Head of the Publicity Department for the Tongxiang Municipal Committee, said that this was the first delegation from Tongxiang to visit Maryland as part of an officially sanctioned government meeting, although she previously came to the state back in 2003. Speaking through an interpreter, Minfang joked that Tongxiang is a “small town” by Chinese standards, boasting a population of more than 1.2 million people. Minfang said the delegation was in Baltimore with the hopes of developing international cooperation and partnerships and to learn about the success of the sport tourism industry in the United States. 

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