I vote for…civic engagement

As we like to say at the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, we harness sports as a vehicle to capture kids’ attention and provide a concrete way to teach them life’s lessons.  Right now, you can’t turn on a television or open up a social media site without being bombarded by news, opinions, and speculation about the men and women currently seeking public office.  Why not harness that?

Celebrate the Individual with the HCHC: Adaptive Sports Edition

One of the key principals of “The Ripken Way” is to celebrate the individual. When you work with kids, you quickly learn that each kid is different—each has their strengths and their weaknesses, and also their own way of playing and learning.  It’s up to you as a coach to reinforce their strengths and help them build skills and improve where they can.

Spelling out R-E-S-P-E-C-T!

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. The increase of bullying in schools is quite frightening.  A major topic related to bullying with youth is respect, or lack thereof. In our HCHC: Rise Above Bullying Edition, we discuss how respect relates to the choices we make in how we treat other people, their belongings and the world around us. Our words and actions are very powerful, and if used in a negative light, can lead to bullying behaviors.

Spotlight – Boys and Girls Club of Santa Monica

Check out how one of our partners in Santa Monica, CA is running their Badges for Baseball program. Athletic Director, Jesus Gonzalez, gives us the scoop:

About the BGC of Santa Monica:

Since 1944, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica has given kids and teens what they need to succeed in life in a safe and nurturing environment. The Club provides youngsters with the foundation to develop socially, succeed in school, stay physically active and prepare for positive futures.


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