Former Ravens player visits Patterson to announce opening of new community center

Principal Benton and Jonathan Ogden cut the ribbon on the new community room. (Photo: Jevaughn Taylor, Patterson Press)

By Jevaughn Taylor

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at Patterson High School  on the morning of Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 to announce the opening of the Jonathan Ogden/Cristata Cares Community Center. The Community Center will be located inside the school and will be a partnership between Patterson and several community organizations.

Jonathan Ogden, a former Baltimore Ravens player and NFL Hall of Famer, is working hands on with the community to build a better future. Ogden spoke at the ribbon-cutting ceremony to show his support for and involvement with the project.

“You’ve got to help educate the parents to help their children. So this is another way to continue to make this a better community, a better school, a better environment for these people around here,” Jonathan Ogden declared. Ogden has been providing academic support to student athletes at Patterson for the past 16 years through his Jonathan Ogden Club.

The purpose of the community center is to give back to the community and dive deeper into students’ family life. They also plan to  have sessions where they can teach financial literacy so people will know how to be wise about their money. They will help out the homeless by making sure they have access to resources like food, computers with internet, and staff to help to assist families going looking for jobs. Families are helping out too, by donating clothing to people who need them. It’s all about helping our community to rise so we can be a better city and make it possible for everyone to be successful in life. By doing this as a team we can accomplish anything.

“I love giving back to the community,” said senior Sherrod Hawkes, a member of the Jonathan Ogden Club who has been helping out with the new community center. “It feels good.”

“I think it means a lot. They look back and are proud of themselves as well as they should be,” says Coach Kelly Bagdasarian, who also works for the Jonathan Ogden Foundation.

After the ribbon cutting ceremony, 30 families were given holiday food baskets and got a chance to meet Jonathan Ogden for the first time in their life. The Jonathan Ogden/Cristata Cares Community Center is located on the first floor of Patterson High School and will be open two days a week from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, several other days for classes, and some weekends.

With files from Great Kids Up Close (

Students and visitors pose with Jonathan Ogden in the new Community Room (Photo: Jevaughn Taylor, Patterson Press)

Jonathan Ogden gives a holiday dinner to a member of the community (Photo: Jevaughn Taylor, Patterson Press)

(Photo: Jevaughn Taylor, Patterson Press)

Patterson staff members and community partners celebrate the opening of the new community center (Photo: Jevaughn Taylor, Patterson Press)



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