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February 08, 2013 / Flynn Burch

Have you ever been given a task and your first thoughts that come to mind are negative ones on how you cannot achieve it? I have. 

Have you ever gotten into a situation where everything looks bleak and thought there is no way out of it and just given up?  I have. 

Have you ever watched your favorite sports team lose three straight, or go down by 20 points, and think this is over, they are done? I have.

In all of these instances, we not only have let ourselves down but we have failed those around us.  The reason why we have failed is not because of any...

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February 08, 2013 / Travis Punt

Every month we will shine the spotlight on a coach and/or organization doing great work for the kids in their community. 

Scott Graham is a youth development professional at the Lumberton County Parks & Recreation in Lumberton, North Carolina. Scott has been working in youth development for 13 years and continues to act as a champion for the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation’s Badges for Baseball program in North Carolina.

We asked Scott about why he works in youth development, his experiences working with kids in general and through the Badges...

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February 06, 2013 / Janice Chan

This is part of a series of blog posts on using Toobie: Healthy Choices, Healthy Children Edition.  If you missed our first post on Toobie, you should read that first so you can view the first installment of the movie and learn how to use it to start a dialogue with your kids. 

For those of you who have already viewed or used the first installment, what did you think?  How did you use it...

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February 05, 2013 / Travis Punt

So, as most of you may know, the past few weeks have been pretty exciting in the city of Baltimore when it comes to sports.  Despite being a relatively “small market” sports town compared to New York, Boston, Dallas, etc., the Baltimore Ravens have proven that any city can show up and support something in full force. Super Bowl XLVII was the third highest rated televised event in history, and I can say that I personally have never seen a city travel and take over another city in the way that Ravens fans did this weekend.  This Super Bowl weekend proved the power of...

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February 01, 2013 / Jeff Breslin

Russell Adams of The Wall Street Journal recently profiled a group of middle age men and their years-long game of tag.  Yep, tag.  Four men approaching their golden years have played tag since high school and still do to this day.  The game is a little modified but the spirit is the same.  A group of fun-loving friends enjoy the free-spiritedness of a kid’s game while using it to keep in touch with one another decades after their childhood.

Just one simple reminder that we’re never too old to be kids, especially when your work is dedicated to...

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January 30, 2013 / Travis Punt

This morning my supervisor, Bobby McCaffrey, came to me with an idea: “I’m going to write a blog post for our new online portal.” However, before he could create one, he had to figure out exactly what a blog was. A few months ago we went through this same situation with Twitter. There were a lot of questions, head scratches, and tears, but in the end we were able finally explain the concept to him.

My guess is after a few unsuccessful trips to Google, he...

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January 30, 2013 / Bobby McCaffrey

I woke up this morning with a great idea of writing my first blog post for our new CRSF Portal.  I sat down in my cubicle with my morning coffee, eager to get something going, when I realized, “I am not even sure what a blog is!”  So I went right to the Google to figure it out because I was sure there were others who were just as confused.  After a few different sites and a Wikipedia page, I decided to lean on my personal computer information highway, Travis

So after much research, the...

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January 29, 2013 / Janice Chan

Toobie is a movie that follows the life of a group of inner-city youth, determined to achieve success regardless of the roadblocks they may face.  Toobie and his group of friends face choices, both big and small, many of which could determine their life’s direction. 

We are thrilled to present Toobie: Healthy Choices, Healthy Children Edition.  You can use this tool as a way to help start a dialogue with the kids in your community, drawing out the similarities and differences between their lives and the characters’ lives in the movie....

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January 18, 2013 / Jeff Breslin

On this, the Friday before the AFC championship game in which the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots will battle for a chance to represent their city in the Super Bowl, now seemed an appropriate time to think about the power of sports.

From the NFL and MLB to local youth leagues, sports have the power to connect us.  Perhaps no other positive social event connects the American public as much as sports.  Think about it. 

Politics are often divisive. Religion, often too personal. Perhaps the only thing that connects us more, as people, is the American...

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January 09, 2013 / Janice Chan

As you have seen from our training video, Quickball is basically a fast-paced version of baseball that can be played indoors and out.  Even though the brief video only features a couple variations of Quickball games, there are many more variations you can play!  Check out the Quickball Manual under Materials for more ideas. 

And, as with any other team sport, Quickball provides teachable moments that can be used to demonstrate the lessons in Healthy Choices, Healthy Children (HCHC).  To help you...

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