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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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March 08, 2013 / Janice Chan

Thank you for getting the word out to your teammates!  That last push really made a difference as some organizations pulled ahead of others late last week. 

Drum roll, please….

The three organizations with the most users signed up as of 5 p.m. ET on 3/1/2013:

  • Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks & Recreation (North Carolina)
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Coastal Carolina (North Carolina)
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Central MS

The executive directors (or our main point of contact) for each organization have been contacted...

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March 07, 2013 / Janice Chan

It takes courage to be honest, to admit to one’s mistakes, and to learn from them.  It takes even more courage to talk about these mistakes openly so that others may learn to avoid them.

And that is what we appreciate about Ernie Graham.  A Baltimore native, Graham set the single game scoring record at the University of Maryland in 1978 with 44 points in 25 minutes of play.  He was named ACC 1st and 2nd team all-tournament in two consecutive years.  During his reign, he won an ACC regular season title and played in the NCAA Tournament three of his four...

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March 05, 2013 / Travis Punt

Over the past couple of years, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation has grown at such a rapid rate that it has resulted in a lot of new faces in our office.  While all of these new faces wholeheartedly believe in our mission, not everyone has had the chance to hear the family stories about Cal Ripken, Sr. and why he inspired the Ripken family to start this Foundation in the first place.

Yesterday, our staff all had the opportunity to spend a little time with Bill Ripken and listen to him tell us all about his father.  Bill, Cal, Jr., their mother Vi, and their family started the...

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February 28, 2013 / Janice Chan

Our sign up contest ends TOMORROW, March 1, at 5:00 PM ET.  Here’s a brief recap:

The 3 organizations with the most users registered for CRSFPortal.org before 5:00 PM Eastern on March 1, 2013, will win an Under Armour prize pack (retail value over $250) for their organization.  The prize pack includes 3 backpacks, 6 sackpacks, and assorted Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation gear!

In addition, all users who register by the contest deadline will be entered into a drawing.  Three winners will each receive a Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation...

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February 26, 2013 / Travis Punt

Last week, I introduced you to Aaron and DeMarco, the two young men who spoke at our Aspire Gala this past Friday.  This week I want to share their stories with you.  Both Aaron and DeMarco did a fantastic job speaking in front of 1,000 people—a feat that would make most adults nervous!  In fact, when they were done, they walked off stage to a standing ovation.

Both kids shared a little bit about their experiences with the Badges for Baseball program....

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February 21, 2013 / Janice Chan

This is a follow up to our post, “Getting Started on CRSFPortal.org.”

After you’ve watched all our Classroom videos, you’re ready to download all the tools and resources we have to offer in the Materials section.  There’s a lot to choose from, so here’s a quick little guide to help you get started.  Here are the categories:

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February 20, 2013 / Janice Chan

This is the final installment 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. 

As promised, here is Part 4:

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February 19, 2013 / Travis Punt

This Friday, we are hosting our annual Aspire Gala, which is an awesome event.  Not only do we raise funds for programs like Healthy Choices, Healthy Children and Badges for Baseball, but each year we honor public figures for their work in the community. This year we are honoring Muhammad and Lonnie Ali, Robbie Callaway, and Under Armour for all their hard work and contributions to their communities.

My favorite part of the Aspire Gala is when we bring in a youth speaker to tell the attendees a little about themselves and their experience...

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February 15, 2013 / Janice Chan

You play a crucial role in making CRSFPortal.org the best resources out there for youth coaches and mentors.  You can contribute by commenting on blog posts, submitting topics (link on the right), and letting us know how we can improve the portal. 

But we also need your help to get the word out! 

As a key tenet of “The Ripken Way” is to make it fun, we thought we’d introduce a little friendly competition…

The 3 organizations* with the most users registered for...

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