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Celebrating Excellence: The Baltimore Four Award Honors Sports Community Leaders

On the evening of May 3, 2024, the Baltimore Area Sports Health Initiative hosted a private reception to bestow it's most coveted honors: The Baltimore Four Award. This prestigious accolade, presented annually, recognizes the exemplary dedication and contributions of four individuals to the Baltimore sports community. This years recipients are Ian Thomas, Derrell Edwards, Brandon Copeland, and Rudy Gay.

“Presented annually by the Baltimore Area Sports Health Initiative, the Baltimore Four Award celebrates the unwavering commitment and outstanding contributions of four individuals to the vibrant sports community of Baltimore. Their dedication, passion, and sportsmanship inspire and uplift all those around them, leaving an indelible mark on the local sports landscape.

This prestigious award serves as a testament to their exceptional leadership, integrity, and tireless efforts in fostering a culture of excellence, teamwork, and camaraderie within the Baltimore sports community. Their unwavering commitment to sportsmanship, health, and community engagement sets a shining example for others to follow.

In recognition of their significant impact and lasting legacy, we proudly honor these remarkable individuals with the Baltimore Four Award. May their achievements continue to inspire and enrich the Baltimore sports community for generations to come.”


"At the heart of Baltimore, there are countless remarkable achievements and contributions that deserve recognition," remarked Collin Francis Executive Director of BASH. "We're witnessing an abundance of greatness emanating from our city, and it's essential to shine a spotlight on these positive endeavors. Each of these athletes inspires hope, creates opportunities, and is a passionate advocate for our community."


At the reception, the award winners were joined by their families, friends, and esteemed community leaders to pay tribute to the recipients. City Council President Nick Mosby honored the athletes and presented each recipient with a citation. City Council President Mosby was instrumental in bringing middle school athletics to Baltimore City schools. The State Comptroller's Office was in attendance, offering a citation to BASH in recognition of their impactful work.

As the evening continued, all the honorees, along with their families and friends, headed over to the third annual BASH Ball. It was a night filled with laughter, dancing, and celebration, as everyone came together to support the Baltimore 4 Award. If you want to catch a glimpse of the festivities and learn more about the honorees, check out the full gallery.

To learn more about the Baltimore Area Sports Health Initiative and its impactful programs, visit


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