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.
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 hold staff and volunteer trainings once a year? Quarterly? Do you have one massive orientation for everyone or do you provide training throughout the year?
Bill answers this question and explains why you should join him and these other uncommon coaches:
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. It is also the time of year when we put our annual team background checks on the calendar.
Background checks are one of the most basic practices when it comes to keeping kids safe, and it’s a good idea to screen on a regular basis, not just when you first hire someone or bring them on as a volunteer.
The month of February is known for Valentine’s Day, which is a fantastic holiday about love and your heart! And February is also American Heart Month. Heart disease is a huge concern and the leading cause of death in men and women in America. It is so important that we take care of our hearts.
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.
As Matt Jeffers said so well, “The only disability in life is a bad attitude.”
Sam Surowiec must share the same philosophy. He didn’t let losing a leg stop him from competing in triathlons, playing wheelchair basketball, or sharing his love of sports with the young people he coaches.
“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.
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.