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April 16, 2013 / Janice Chan

Where is Travis?  Where to start? 

Yesterday, he got back from a few days in LA, where he and other members of our team (Bobby, Chris, and Flynn) partnered with MLB RBI, the Dodgers, and the Angels to run youth baseball clinics as part MLB's annual Jackie Robinson Day.

Tomorrow, he making the long drive to Bridgeport, Connecticut, with Rosina.  We'll be training our local partner coaches and mentors and then cutting the ribbon on our brand new Youth Development Park!

On Friday, we're taking some of our kids to enjoy a baseball game at Old...

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April 11, 2013 / Norma Warren, Jackie Robinson League

Norma Warren is the Treasurer for the Jackie Robinson League in Greenville, NC.

My name is Norma Warren. I am a resident of Greenville, NC, where we house the ONLY Jackie Robinson Baseball League (JRBL) in the country.  The JRBL has been in existence for 22 years. During the very early stages of our inception, we contacted Mrs. Robinson and received her blessings to follow our founders’ dreams of providing a baseball league for members of our community who do not have an opportunity to compete elsewhere. 

We are soooooooooooo excited about the upcoming...

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April 09, 2013 / Travis Punt

Here at the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, we are always looking for ways to provide more material and opportunities to our partners. One of the ways we are doing that is by expanding on our current Healthy Choices, Healthy Children curriculum with new editions that delve into specific topics, such as fitness and nutrition. 

Another way we are doing that is by providing materials on other sports.  The first sport we chose was flag football.  Last year, we wrote a flag football practice guide that we call “Flags for Fitness,” with the help of Tom...

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April 04, 2013 / Rosina Ciattei

The month’s spotlight travels to Wisconsin, to shine on the United Community Center in Milwaukee. United Community Center has run the Badges for Baseball program for 5 years now. Every year, Athletic Director Eric Roecker makes the Badges for Baseball program innovative and fresh for everyone involved through the Community Learning Center and the Summer Recreation Program. “We have been running the...

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April 03, 2013 / Travis Punt

When looking at the problems kids face growing up, one of the most damaging of them can be bullying. Recently the Foundation has partnered with an organization called Rachel’s Challenge. Rachel’s Challenge was started by Darrell and Sandy Scott after their daughter, Rachel, was killed in the Columbine High School Shooting in 1999.

Before her death, Rachel’s passion was helping people. She...

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March 29, 2013 / Flynn Burch

The grass has been freshly cut, the lines still wet with paint and the hopes of fans across the country are at an all-time high…baseball’s opening day is here!  For America’s past time, this is by far the best time of year, because each and every team at this point still has the aspirations of playing and winning in October.  With the fresh, clean slate of a new season, each team still has the same high hopes and opportunities to make a run at the beloved World Series trophy. 

Last year, Baltimore fans were greeted with an unbelievable surprise, a...

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March 28, 2013 / Jeff Breslin

If you’re like me, most days consist of moving from project to project and meeting to meeting, often finishing the day wondering just where it had gone.  If you’re in the youth development profession where meetings are combined with the sometimes chaotic yet fun loving nature of hundreds of kids then your days are even more of a blur.  Along with the daily to do lists, I’d like to offer an alternative, one that can be accomplished each day, hopefully bringing about a different, simpler sense of fulfillment. 

  1. Do one thing to increase your...
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March 27, 2013 / Travis Punt

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending Major League Baseball’s RBI Institute with Jeff (@Jeff_CRSF) and Bobby (@Bobby_CRSF) in Orlando, FL.

Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) is a Major League Baseball youth outreach program.  Among many things, the program is designed to increase participation and interest in baseball and softball among underserved youth, encourage academic participation and...

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March 22, 2013 / Brooke Austin

Buzzer beaters, Cinderella stories, bracket busters, shocking upsets…March Madness is the cliché of the sporting world.

As a sporting fan, this may very well be my favorite time of the year.  Sixty-four teams square off to win the ultimate prize: eternal college basketball glory. The best part about this tournament is that success is not determined by rankings but by how the team plays and works together.  The team from Harvard, a school known better for academics than athletics,  can stun a nation and upset a #3 seed.  A group of guys from Southern...

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March 19, 2013 / Travis Punt

This past Saturday, March 16th, Chris (@Chris_CRSF) and I (@Travis_CRSF) facilitated a Quickball Tournament located at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta’s Warren Unit. We had teams from both the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta as well as the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County attend.

It was a fun-filled day that included Quickball, lunch for everyone, and dance-off’s (thanks to some great beats from the DJ). The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation would like to...

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