Each month, we shine the spotlight on a partner organization or an individual mentor (or coach, as we usually call them).
Since January is National Mentoring Month, here are some of the mentors we have featured previously on the Coaches Forum:
Today is Cal Ripken, Sr.’s birthday. After he passed away in 1999, his family started the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation to honor his memory and carry on his legacy of coaching players who were not just great athletes, but great teammates and uncommon people. Those of you who use sports to teach life lessons to kids and help them develop into uncommon people all help carry on this legacy.
High fiving someone who’s as tall as Cal Ripken, Jr. is quite the challenge, but these uncommon kids just asked, “Why not?”
If you look up the definition of "mentor," you will find that it can be defined as both a noun (an experienced and trusted adviser) and a verb (to train and advise someone especially those who are younger). Undoubtedly, your own work with youth was inspired by a mentor in your life.
Each June, we celebrate skinned knees and fishing trips. We celebrate baseball games and soccer matches. We celebrate the kings of early morning day-care drop off and the stay-at-home laundry masters. We celebrate the day-shift, the night-shift, and the 24 hour shift.
We celebrate dads. Blue collar, white collar, no collar – we celebrate those men that decided there needs would forever take a back seat to ours.
Remarkable, exceptional, out of the ordinary, rare…these are all words that you find in the definition for uncommon. Uncommon people are everywhere you look. Cal, Jr. and Bill were fortunate enough to have a father who was an uncommon man who taught them uncommon principles. It didn’t matter what the job was; nothing was too big or small for Cal Ripken, Sr.
The grass has been freshly cut, the lines still wet with paint and the hopes of fans across the country are at an all-time high…baseball’s opening day is here! For America’s past time, this is by far the best time of year, because each and every team at this point still has the aspirations of playing and winning in October. With the fresh, clean slate of a new season, each team still has the same high hopes and opportunities to make a run at the beloved World Series trophy.
Over the past couple of years, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation has grown at such a rapid rate that it has resulted in a lot of new faces in our office. While all of these new faces wholeheartedly believe in our mission, not everyone has had the chance to hear the family stories about Cal Ripken, Sr. and why he inspired the Ripken family to start this Foundation in the first place.