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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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March 18, 2013 / Carmen Baeza and Janice Chan

“We can’t prevent what we don’t know about.” – Sharon Cooper, MD, FAAP

Protecting children and providing them safe spaces in which they can learn, play, and grow is central to the mission of every youth-serving organization.  It’s a privilege when kids put their trust in us and it’s our responsibility to do everything we can to make sure that they are safe when they are participating in our programs or when they are at our facilities.

Over the next two days, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and the National Center for...

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March 15, 2013 / Flynn Burch

As we come up to one of my favorite times of year, March Madness, I always get excited about the opportunity to watch great stories of underdogs, buzzer beaters, and overcoming obstacles unfold.  But with all that excitement encompassing that four week stretch, my most enjoyable moment is the playing of “One Shining Moment.”  It is the final piece of the NCAA Tournament and includes all of the visuals of the greatest plays, hardships, and captures the overall excitement of the tournament.  Not only is it a recounting of memories, but with its lyrics it describes...

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March 15, 2013 / Janice Chan

Although we’ve been tweeting as @CalRipkenSrFdn for awhile, the program team is sometimes in several different states at once.  While @CalRipkenSrFdn remains the handle to follow for all general Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation updates, we thought it might be fun to tweet at the individual level as well.  That way, when we’re in a new place, we can ask you for a good place to get dinner in your city!  And give you live updates about camps, clinics, trainings, etc.

Without further ado, here’s the roster for those of you who use Twitter:


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March 14, 2013 / Chris Rubright

Ask and you shall receive!  The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation (CRSF) heard its community partners loud and clear when they expressed a strong interest in the nutrition of their youth.  So CRSF decided to take a look at what exactly makes a healthy child tick, from the inside out. 

After plenty of research and teaming up with Sue James (MS, RD, LDN), registered dietician and nutritional consultant for the Baltimore Orioles, we created a basic nutritional extension of our Healthy Choices, Healthy...

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March 13, 2013 / Janice Chan

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March 12, 2013 / Travis Punt

Every year in Maryland, children in grades 3-8 are required to participate in the Maryland School Assessments (MSA’s) in early March. These achievement tests are standardized math and reading based assessments that show how well the students have learned those skills based on the state curriculum.   

In preparation for the MSA’s, Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith and his fiancé, Chanel Williams, who is a teacher, posted a video of them rapping a song they wrote called “Teach me how to study” (based off of the song “Teach me how to...

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