Coaches Forum
February 13, 2013 / Rosina Ciattei

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 two parts of Toobie, what did you think? How did you use it with kids at your organization?  Are there parts of the video that the kids really connected to?

...

Read Full Post
February 12, 2013 / Travis Punt

Regardless of age, whenever most people are put into a new situation or group, they tend to be a little more reserved than normal. One of the best ways to combat that is by “breaking the ice” to get everyone more comfortable. Icebreaker games are one of the easiest and most fun ways to “break the ice.” This particular game has been used in a number of our trainings and events and always results in the same thing…FUN!

Partner Challenge
Group size: 10-50
Length of Activity: 10-20 minutes
Goal: To...

Read Full Post
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...

Read Full Post
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...

Read Full Post
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...

Read Full Post
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...

Read Full Post
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...

Read Full Post
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...

Read Full Post
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...

Read Full Post
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....

Read Full Post

Pages

This website is funded in part through a grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Neither the U.S. Department of Justice nor any of its components operate, control, are responsible for, or necessarily endorse, this Web site (including, without limitation, its content, technical infrastructure, and policies, and any services or tools provided). Copyright ©2017 Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Terms and Service | Privacy Policy