Hopkins Night at Camden Yards returned after a two-year pandemic hiatus with more than 500 members of the Johns Hopkins community—faculty and staff and their families and friends—in attendance. The annual event began at 7:05 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19, when the Baltimore Orioles played the Boston Red Sox. The night ended with a 15-10 victory for the Os and a light-up-the-sky fireworks show.
Johns Hopkins attendees received a baseball cap with the Orioles bird sporting the JHU Blue Jay colors. In addition, the first 350 attendees were given the new plush Blue Jay, just birthed through a partnership between the Johns Hopkins Office of Economic Development and Community Partnerships and an alum-owned company called Squishable.
The night kicked off with Jay, the JHU mascot, accepting the Orioles Heavy Hitter award on behalf of Community Initiatives and Strategies. The award recognizes customers who have purchased 300 or more tickets to one game.
Many who attended said that Hopkins Night was one of their favorite events. "Hopkins Night was a lot of fun, with a lot of Baltimore Orioles pride and Hopkins spirit mixed in," said Lawanda Johnson, of Community Initiatives and Strategies, who is new to the JHU staff. "It was an amazing feeling. I'm so glad I joined the Hopkins community and met so many new people and made connections."
Ellen Willinghan, of Johns Hopkins Healthcare, said that she had a great night, too. "The only thing better than seeing the Orioles win," she said, "is seeing them beat the Red Sox."
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