BALTIMORE - A group of athletes received a very special gift today and it included a surprise guest.
Orioles outfielder Adam Jones showed up at Patterson Park to present more than $25,000 dollars in checks.
This is part of the Baltimore Dick's sporting goods Sports Matter celebration. Two teams in the Baltimore area -- the Bluford Drew Jemison Rockets and Girls on the Run of the Greater Chesapeake -- successfully achieved their goals and Dick's matched the money to save their programs.
Jones stuck around and ran drills with the kids. He says he grew up utilizing the recs and parks programs, and it's important to keep these programs funded.