Each year, around Thanksgiving, I usually e-mail everyone I’ve gotten to work with at the Foundation but don’t see every day to give thanks. I find it a good time of year to be reflective, before all the haze of the holidays and running around trying to celebrate with everyone.
All of the kids are back home now, either in school or getting ready to start school right after Labor Day. But we had another great camp with 122 program participants and their mentors from 7 states and Canada! Here are some highlights from last week:
We'll share a full recap next week, but I wanted to share this final thought on this Friday when all our kids are headed home from the last overnight camp of 2016. On the last night of #CRSFcamp, we ask campers to vote on a camper of the week from their team. There is only one from each team, but there are usually many nominees. One chaperone remarked that it was neat to see that the kids all saw different things in each other, despite having only known each other for a few short days. Usually they just write names, but one camper wrote a reason:
It is our final week of Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation summer camp before the last of our kids head back to school, and we’re going to make it another great one! This week, we have program participants and their mentors coming from New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and even from Canada!
Another excellent week of #CRSFcamp is in the books, thanks to an uncommon group of campers, mentors, and Badges for Baseball coaches from as close as Baltimore and as far away as Nicaragua!
We stayed in cabins on the Chesapeake Bay:
At our Aspire Gala this past February, we were joined by Matt Stillwell for a special performance of his song, “Hey Dad.” Here is a video of his performance at the 2016 Aspire Gala, paired with a slideshow of Cal, Sr. and the Ripken family:
Here are a few of the amazing mentors and program partners we work with, sharing what they learned from their moms, how she led by example, and how she has impacted their work with kids…
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?