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Back in Black: The Bash Ball 2023 Strikes a Chord of Empowerment

Updated: Apr 21

On May 10th, 2023, the second annual Bash Ball returned for their second year, electrifying

Power Plant Live with its theme, "Back in Black." Hosted by the Baltimore Area Sports Health Initiative, the event drew a crowd of 200 attendees, doubling its inaugural turnout. Amidst the pulsating beats, guests were treated to an unforgettable performance by spoken word artist and Baltimore City school teacher, Wallace Lane.

Executive Director Collin Francis delivered remarks that resonated with the organization's mission; to advance the healthcare provided for athletes in the Baltimore area. Francis

highlighted the initiative's efforts in building in exposing students to new career pathways. The BASH Playbook– a comprehensive handbook designed for student-athletes eager to delve into the realms of athletic training, strength and conditioning, sports nutrition, and physical therapy and The Warm Up a captivating video series, aimed to amplify the representation of sports health within black and brown communities.

The event wasn't just about celebration; it was a catalyst for change. Over $30,000 was raised

throughout the evening. A testament to the community's commitment in promoting diversity within sports health. Notably, the evening also featured a guest appearance from Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey, He spoke about feeling moved to get involved after noticing the lack of qualified healthcare professionals on the sidelines of local high school games. He pledged the support of he and some of his teammates, also in attendance, in furthering BASH’s cause.

For more information on the Baltimore Area Sports Health Initiative and its impactful programs, visit


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