Coaches Forum
January 09, 2017 / Sam Nagurny

Today is annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Day - thank you to our law enforcement partners for all you do for the Foundation and for our communities! The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation is proud to have partners who are willing to put their lives on the line to protect us and our families. Our signature program, ...

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December 22, 2016 / Sam Nagurny

Happy Holidays from all of us here at the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation! We wish you and yours the best during this holiday season.

The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation offices will be closed December 26 through January 2. We look forward to a wonderful 2017! 

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December 09, 2016 / Sam Nagurny

We have grown again, this time welcoming Joe Rossow as the Executive Vice President of Operations. We are glad to have Joe on our team! Let’s hear from Joe…

Hello everyone! My name is Joe Rossow, and I was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN. Prior to joining the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, I served as the principal of Michael Dowling Urban E-STEAM Magnet School located in Minneapolis, MN. During my tenure, the Dowling School secured over $300,000 in donations to redesign the existing...

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December 07, 2016 / Sam Nagurny

Today marks 75 years since the attack at Pearl Harbor. That grim day marked a turning point for the United States, influencing the decision to join World War II. On this anniversary, we want to take a moment to remember and thank those who have served for our country. We have a responsibility to recognize those who made the ultimate sacrifice, allowing for our great nation to become what it is today. Thank you to all who have served, and to those who continue to protect the American way of life.

The Foundation is proud to have partners who continue to...

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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 ...

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October 21, 2016 / Kaitlin Rowan, Shaquilla Curtis

We have been fortunate to add to our program team again.  The CRSF family is growing!  Please meet our newest program coordinator Shaquilla Curtis.  Let’s hear from her…

Hello everyone! My name is Shaquilla Curtis and I am the newest member of the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation team. I am one of many outstanding program coordinators at the Foundation. Just a few things about me, I was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. I spent my first year in college at Independence CC in Independence...

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October 12, 2016 / Stephanie Green

Today is National Stop Bullying Day. Let’s visit the concept behind bullying and look deeper into respect versus fear. To respect yourself, others, and things such as the environment, animals, and personal belongings, is extremely important in life, and is the number 1 rule at #CRSFcamp. However, how does one receive respect?

To earn respect as well as to show respect for others and things can sometimes get lost in translation and ultimately transpire into fear, especially with children. We, as coaches, mentors, and family members, should focus on embodying qualities of a good...

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September 30, 2016 / Kaitlin Rowan

This week, we welcomed Stephanie Green.  Stephanie will be working as the newest program coordinator in the Park Services department.  We are very excited to have her join the CRSF team!  Let’s learn more about Stephanie in her own words…

Hi everyone! My name is Stephanie, and I am the newest member of the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation. I am extremely excited to join the Foundation. I originally went to school at Longwood University in Farmville, VA, yes,...

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September 23, 2016 / Janice Chan

Each year, around Thanksgiving, I usually e-mail everyone I’ve gotten to work with at the Foundation but don’t see every day to give thanks.  I find it a good time of year to be reflective, before all the haze of the holidays and running around trying to celebrate with everyone. 

This year’s Thanksgiving is coming early, at least for me.  Today is my last day at the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation.  It’s been quite the ride since I first walked in as an AmeriCorps*VISTA in January 2007.  We had maybe 12 employees (actually that count might...

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September 14, 2016 / Zach Rowe

Editor's Note: Zach Rowe has now gone back to school for his senior year of college at St. Mary's College of Maryland and is getting back into his routine for the school year.  As the rest of us get back into our versions of the school year, seemed like a fitting time to talk about habits and routines!

The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation’s Badges for Baseball Coaches Manual outlines 12 lessons in detail for how to build uncommon character “The Ripken Way.”   As I was reading the manual myself, one of the lessons stood out...

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