Coaches Forum
May 30, 2013 / Brooke Austin

First full day of #CRSFCamp is in the books, and let me tell you, WHAT A DAY! All of our teams started out a little shy and not too sure of their teammates, but I can tell you now that the day is over many new friends have been made.

We started the day off bright and early at the crack of dawn. A healthy dose of pancakes was served to everyone and then we were...

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May 29, 2013 / Brooke Austin

As I make the hour and some odd drive north to North East, Maryland, I mentally prepare myself for my first week at CRSF camp. I have absolutely no idea what to expect. People keep telling me that it’s going to be a lot. It’s going to be tiring. It’s going to be a wild. It’s going to be kids everywhere, but most importantly it’s going to be hands down the greatest thing that you’ve ever experienced in your life.

I make the turn into the overnight camp facility, and I’m ready--well, at least as ready as I can be for the unknown. Groups from...

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May 28, 2013 / Janice Chan

Later today, we will be welcoming about 100 boys and girls from Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Oklahoma.  While some kids are traveling by bus, the majority of our campers will be flying (for the first time in many cases!) to Maryland for our first camp of the year.

The kids come from the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation’s program partners across the country, and camp provides an opportunity to reward those who have exemplified the lessons learned in Healthy Choices,...

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May 24, 2013 / Janice Chan

We just had our last team meeting before camp starts on Tuesday.  Paperwork, check.  Flights and buses, check.  New first aid kits, check.  Equipment, check.  Snacks, check.  All other supplies packed, check.  And now, thanks to our newest team member, Brooke, camp staff binders, check.

For those of you who may not know us, we are always joking around with each other--which is what makes working...

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May 23, 2013 / Janice Chan

As we’ve been preparing for the first session of summer camp next week, I asked two of my teammates to share their favorite memories of summer camp, either from camp when they were a kid, or from working at our camps:

Nevi Fernandez: “One of my favorite memories from camp was when my camp group and I got to ride on the banana boat.  The counselors would attach the banana boat to a motor boat and would drive us around the river.  There would be about 10-12 of us on the banana boat.  While we were riding around we would try to stand up while it was...

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May 20, 2013 / Janice Chan

“Everyone has ups and downs in life, but we all have the freedom to choose how we respond to a given situation.”

This is the first key to sportsmanship “The Ripken Way” in our Healthy Choices, Healthy Children Coaches Manual.  So simple and yet it's not always easy to remember. 

While we cannot always change a situation or how other people behave, we can choose how we perceive the world and other people.  As I was reminded during...

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May 15, 2013 / Carmen Baeza

Today is a special day for our friends in the law enforcement community as they honor the men and women who have lost their lives in the line of duty.  According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, on average, one law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere in the United States every 57 hours.  Since the first known line-of-duty death in 1791, more than 19,000 U.S. law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice.

It has been an honor for us at the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation to partner...

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May 10, 2013 / Janice Chan

For many of us, our moms were our first life coaches—teaching us what we needed to know, holding us to high standards, and loving and encouraging us through it all. 

What is the best life lesson you learned from your mom?

Bill Ripken credits his mom with his being able to cook and not having to live off microwave meals when he was first on the road as a young minor league player.  From the practical to the philosophical, our moms have taught us a lot.  With Mother’s Day this Sunday, I posed the same question to the rest of the Cal...

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May 10, 2013 / Chris Rubright

We are proud to announce the newest installment in the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation’s signature character curriculum—Healthy Choices, Healthy Children: Financial Literacy Edition!

Even though we believe money cannot necessarily buy happiness, the importance of managing our money to pay bills, buy food and clothes, and purchase other important items, cannot be ignored. So why not start teaching kids positive habits and provide a basic understanding of money at a young age?

Now on to the tough questions: How do we go about teaching children these basic, but...

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May 06, 2013 / Janice Chan

They said we would never make it
I was always told that
Every person has their own destiny
And to never let anything or any person get the best of me
That’s the one way in life to succeed

Part of what we try to do at the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation is show kids that they are not powerless—each of us can choose how to handle whatever life has thrown our way.  But you have to know what your options are first.   

Today, part of our team is in Starkville, Mississippi, for a...

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