In his first official duty as honorary chair of the Y of Central Maryland’s 2014 Give Every Child a Chance campaign, Baltimore Orioles All-Star Center Fielder Adam Jones acted as host and Y ambassador at a kickoff event, April 15, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Jones addressed the group of board members and other volunteers who fundraise for the Y’s charitable cause.

The Give Every Child a Chance campaign raises critically-needed funds to help children from low-income families participate in Y educational and enrichment programs including camp, preschool and before and after school programs, which help them succeed in school and in life.

Jones explained to the crowd that he believes in the Y because he believes all children deserve the same fair chance to succeed, regardless of their family’s financial circumstances. Jones’ chairmanship of the 2014 Give Every Child a Chance campaign follows his successful chairmanship in 2013, which enabled 663 kids in Central Maryland to attend Y camp who otherwise would not have been able to do so.

With Jones’ efforts, the 2014 campaign is expected to raise $1.5 million for kids in need in Central Maryland.