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November 11, 2016 / Clara Heck and Kaitlin Rowan

Thank you to all of the women and men who have served and continue to serve our country. This Veteran’s Day, we would like to honor Mike, former SEAL, as our Mentor of the Month! He learned about the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation through a friend who was familiar with the Badges for Baseball program, and Mike decided to help out as a chaperone and mentor during #CRSFcamp in Aberdeen this summer.

What made Mike decide to get involved? “I have a passion for youth development because they are our future,” he said.

Some of his favorite activities included water sports, rock climbing and ropes course, and meal time because they all helped break down barriers in different ways. Mike explained, “Meal time was especially fun for me because it was time to sit down and really talk with the kids.”

The most rewarding experience at CRSF Camp was being able to talk to a kid about and important lesson and then see it actually resonate on the field the next day.

Here’s Mike’s one piece of advice for mentors and coaches: “Take the time to get to know the kids.”

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