Home Run Series: Cassie Rhodes

The United States has many reasons to be thankful for George Washington’s leadership, not the least of which is the nation’s oldest, most storied law enforcement agency – the United States Marshals Service.  The US Marshals came in to existence thanks to the Judiciary Act of 1789, enabling thousands of men and women to serve our nation with honor ever since. 

Home Run Series: Vi Ripken on what made Cal, Sr. uncommon

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.

Do you believe in me?

This speech was made a few years ago by then 5th grader Dalton Sherman to 20,000 teachers and school staff of the Dallas Independent School District.  Its message, however, is not only timeless but rings true for anyone whose goal is to help kids realize their potential.

Home Run Series: Jay Baker

“It’s not impossible.”

Growing up in Queens, New York, Jay Baker never imagined he would one day be president of a major corporation.  Perhaps you’ve heard of Kohl’s? 

His accomplishments in retail are tremendous, and on top of that, he’s given many young people wonderful opportunities through his philanthropy, including his support of and leadership as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation.

“Above the Influence” Launches National Video Challenge

Here at the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, we are always on the lookout for creative ways to talk to kids about making positive choices.  Our friends at the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) have launched a video challenge to get youth talking about how they can rise above the influence of drugs and alcohol.  This is fantastic idea and we wanted to share it with our partners around the country as a fun way to engage kids and start the dialogue on how they can avoid harmful substances and choose to be healthy.


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