Editor’s Note: Mikkel Patterson is the Athletic Director at the Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County, which is a Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation program partner. This past August, at camp, Mikkel mentioned the #Uncommon Board, and I asked him what it was. He graciously shares what it is and how his organization uses it to recognize and encourage kids doing uncommon things. It’s a great way to reinforce lessons learned at camp over a summer or throughout the school year! – Janice Chan
"Grow your team of mentors and mentees.” – Jason Collins, on how to close the gap between kids who need a consistent, caring adult in their lives and adults who could be those positive role models
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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.
Today is the day that we honor those who are serving and have served our great country. It’s a day to say thank you.
At the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, we have the great fortune of working not only with law enforcement but also with the military every day in our Badges for Baseball programs all across the country. We thank all of those who take their time to come out and spend their days with our kids.
This week, we are very excited to be rolling out Uncommon Athlete* in Baltimore City with the generous support of UnitedHealthCare. Student-athletes at five Baltimore City middle and high schools will find out what it takes to become Uncommon Athletes. After the presentations this week, they will continue working on becoming Uncommon Athletes with their coaches and their teams.
The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation program team sends our heartfelt condolences to the family of Mario Bustos. Mario spent countless hours mentoring young people in Chicago and was a chaperone at the CRSF Summer Camp since our very beginning. Mario will be missed by both the kids of Chicago and the entire Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation family.