"Lord of our lives, our hope in death, we cannot listen to Taps without our souls stirring. Its plaintive notes are a prayer in music--of hope, of peace, of grief, of rest... Prepare us too, Lord, for our final bugle call when you summon us home! When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound and death will be no more." --From the invocation delivered by Chaplain (Colonel) Edward Brogan (USAF, Ret.) Taps Exhibit Opening Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, 28 May 1999
On this Memorial Day, we honor all of our fallen soldiers, their commitment to our country, and their legacy of patriotism and sacrifice. By giving their lives in the cause of freedom, these heroes have protected and inspired all Americans.
From the opening battles of the American Revolution through the turmoil of the Civil War, to World War I, World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, to the Persian Gulf and today's operations in the war on terror , the members of our military have built a tradition of honorable and faithful service.
As we observe Memorial Day, we remember the more than one million Americans who have died to preserve our freedom, the more than 140,000 citizens who were prisoners of war, and all those who were declared missing in action. We also honor our veterans for their dedication to America and their sacrifice.
Today, all who wear the uniform of the United States are serving at a crucial hour in history, and each has answered a great call to serve our Nation on the front lines of freedom. As we continue to fight terrorism and promote peace and freedom-, let us pray for the safety and strength of our troops, for God's blessing on them and their families, and for those who have lost loved ones.
God Bless America
BSSC Summer Tennis on Monday & Tuesday Evenings at PHS/LK Courts!!!
Sign up as an individual for our summer tennis league on monday or tuesday evenings starting the week of June 10th at Patterson High School/LK Courts!!!
We have 4 teams playing on monday eveings and 4 teams playing on tuesday evenings! We need a few more individuals to round out these teams. So if you are interested in playing, please go to this link, sign up and pay your league fee (Note which night Monday or Tuesday you would like to play in the comments box). We have extended the sign up deadline to Monday (May 27th at Midnight).
Spots are filling fast for this new BSSC sport! Sign up today!!!!
Baltimore Sports & Social Club, Inc. began in fall 1998 and is owned and operated by Mike Cray, a former construction contractor. A large part of Mike's contracting work ethic was to give the customer an excellent product at a fair price, and he continues to apply that same quality and customer service-driven work ethic to the BSSC. His goal is to ensure that participants get the most out of the best sports and social league in town.
The BSSC creates year-round opportunities for individuals to play a variety of team sports in a social atmosphere that continues into happy hours and lasts long after the games are over. It's the perfect marriage of sports and a social scene that draws nearly 7,000 participants from all over the city and the surrounding counties each year. The BSSC social calendar is filled every season with kickoff happy hours for each sport, Orioles games at Camden Yards, Preakness Infield parties and more.
Mike and the BSSC also believe in giving back to the community. The league hosts several fundraisers and sports tournaments; past recipients are included in the our partners link on our Web site. And the BSSC not only makes use of various parks and recreation centers for games, but also donates much-needed equipment to Baltimore City's Department of Recreation and Parks.
The BSSC prides itself in being the only sports club in the Baltimore/Metropolitan area to offer an opportunity to meet 2,500 new people in one afternoon. Your main goal in joining the BSSC should be to meet new friends, drink $1 Miller Lite drafts and have fun-it's that simple.
After more than 20 years of coaching and playing in many different sports, Mike knows firsthand the value of friendships made through sports-friendships that have lasted longer than any memory of games won or lost. BSSC members are encouraged not to take winning or losing too seriously; they know that the social aspects of the league are more important than a win or a loss. Remember, the BSSC's motto is: "for people who enjoy sports, but love to socialize."
Thanks for you overwhelming support of the BSSC and I hope to see you soon.
Owner, Baltimore Sports & Social Club, Inc.
Featured in the following Baltimore magazine issues: "Best of Baltimore" (2000-2002), "Secrets of the City" (June 2002), "Looking for Love" (February 2003).
WBAL-TV Channel 11 Sports Segments: 1999, 2000 and 2002
Never forget 9-11-01 and the lives that were lost that day. God Bless America!