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August 22, 2016 / Janice Chan

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!

Today, they are all arriving at camp—many thanks to Southwest Airlines for flying in many of our campers!  When they get to camp, we check them in, assigning everyone to a team of new friends for the week.  Then we give them...

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August 18, 2016 / Janice Chan

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:

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August 16, 2016 / Heather Group

We are excited to kick of our first August camp with 186 campers and their mentors, who flew and drove in from Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia. On top of that we had a group fly internationally all the way from Nicaragua! The kids are geared up and excited for a week full of baseball, rope lines, team building and many more fun experiences. Not only that but they will have presentations throughout the week from our Badges for Baseball partners and inspiring guest speakers. We would like...

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August 10, 2016 / Janice Chan

We're ending the summer on a high note with two last weeks of Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation summer camp!  Kids and their mentors will be coming in from across the country, and this time we will even have a couple groups from other countries.  We are busy preparing, but we want you to know that you can follow along right here on the Coaches Forum blog and also on Twitter! 

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August 02, 2016 / Amanda Borucki

Turn off your electronics, unplug your phones, and don’t look back. 

Even a couple of hours without technology is the best way to get in touch with your body, spirit, and mind.  Whether it’s on mountain hills, dirt trails, or open green grass plains, hiking is a calming activity that everyone needs to take time to try. While you can hike solo, hiking as a group...

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July 26, 2016 / Zach Rowe

Summer time is the perfect time for kids to participate in fun camps, events, and activities.  There is nothing better to see than a bunch of kids having a great time together. But how do you handle the kids who do not want to participate?  This blog post will equip you with some helpful tools and tricks to get those kids to participate with the others.

Kids may not want to participate in activities for a number of reasons. Some kids do not want to participate because they feel embarrassed in a large group.  Others think they are too cool for whatever activity is...

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July 20, 2016 / Heather Group

Whether you’re on the field, the classroom, or the work place, effective communication is a two-way process that helps us to be successful in all aspects of life. Though soccer teams can have up to 11 players on the field at a time, they must function as one cohesive unit during a game; communicating is one of the key aspects in achieving that goal. Reducing errors, making smart passes, and executing defensive strategies all...

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July 12, 2016 / Zach Rowe

The MLB All-Star Game features baseball’s biggest stars on one field competing against one another for home field advantage in the World Series. Although these players are stars now and make their talents on the field look effortless, many of them have had to handle adversity to make it to where they are now. Among this year’s players, for example, are Jose Altuve and Anthony Rizzo.  Jose Altuve is the American League starting second baseman from the Houston Astros.  Anthony Rizzo is the National League starting first baseman from the Chicago Cubs.  Both of...

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June 29, 2016 / Amanda Borucki and Heather Group

After a week full of camp activities, demonstrations, and inspiring guest speakers, it is safe to say our campers had an experience of a lifetime. With the wonderful opportunity to hear presentations from our public safety partners as well as former University of Maryland basketball player Ernie Graham, Rachel’s Challenge, and our very own Brooke Austin, our campers left inspired to live a positive life. Even in such a short time, we could see that our campers were taking all they learned throughout the week and applying it into their final games. We saw an endless amount of respect...

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June 17, 2016 / Janice Chan

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:

Father’s Day is coming up this Sunday and we’ll be celebrating our dads and the people who are like dads to us.  So we thought we’d have a little contest...

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