Coaches Forum
November 11, 2016 / Clara Heck and Kaitlin Rowan

Thank you to all of the women and men who have served and continue to serve our country. This Veteran’s Day, we would like to honor Mike, former SEAL, as our Mentor of the Month! He learned about the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation through a friend who was familiar with the Badges for Baseball program, and Mike decided to help out as a chaperone and mentor during ...

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October 21, 2016 / Kaitlin Rowan, Shaquilla Curtis

We have been fortunate to add to our program team again.  The CRSF family is growing!  Please meet our newest program coordinator Shaquilla Curtis.  Let’s hear from her…

Hello everyone! My name is Shaquilla Curtis and I am the newest member of the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation team. I am one of many outstanding program coordinators at the Foundation. Just a few things about me, I was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. I spent my first year in college at Independence CC in Independence...

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October 12, 2016 / Stephanie Green

Today is National Stop Bullying Day. Let’s visit the concept behind bullying and look deeper into respect versus fear. To respect yourself, others, and things such as the environment, animals, and personal belongings, is extremely important in life, and is the number 1 rule at #CRSFcamp. However, how does one receive respect?

To earn respect as well as to show respect for others and things can sometimes get lost in translation and ultimately transpire into fear, especially with children. We, as coaches, mentors, and family members, should focus on embodying qualities of a good...

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September 30, 2016 / Kaitlin Rowan

This week, we welcomed Stephanie Green.  Stephanie will be working as the newest program coordinator in the Park Services department.  We are very excited to have her join the CRSF team!  Let’s learn more about Stephanie in her own words…

Hi everyone! My name is Stephanie, and I am the newest member of the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation. I am extremely excited to join the Foundation. I originally went to school at Longwood University in Farmville, VA, yes,...

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September 23, 2016 / Janice Chan

Each year, around Thanksgiving, I usually e-mail everyone I’ve gotten to work with at the Foundation but don’t see every day to give thanks.  I find it a good time of year to be reflective, before all the haze of the holidays and running around trying to celebrate with everyone. 

This year’s Thanksgiving is coming early, at least for me.  Today is my last day at the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation.  It’s been quite the ride since I first walked in as an AmeriCorps*VISTA in January 2007.  We had maybe 12 employees (actually that count might...

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September 14, 2016 / Zach Rowe

Editor's Note: Zach Rowe has now gone back to school for his senior year of college at St. Mary's College of Maryland and is getting back into his routine for the school year.  As the rest of us get back into our versions of the school year, seemed like a fitting time to talk about habits and routines!

The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation’s Badges for Baseball Coaches Manual outlines 12 lessons in detail for how to build uncommon character “The Ripken Way.”   As I was reading the manual myself, one of the lessons stood out...

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September 06, 2016 / Mikkel Patterson, Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County

Editor’s Note: Mikkel Patterson is the Athletic Director at the Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County, which is a Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation program partner.  This past August, at camp, Mikkel mentioned the #Uncommon Board, and I asked him what it was.  He graciously shares what it is and how his organization uses it to recognize and encourage kids doing uncommon things.  It’s a great way to reinforce lessons learned at camp over a summer or throughout the school year! – Janice Chan

In the gym, we have a board known as the #...

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August 30, 2016 / Janice Chan

All of the kids are back home now, either in school or getting ready to start school right after Labor Day.  But we had another great camp with 122 program participants and their mentors from 7 states and Canada!  Here are some highlights from last week:

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August 26, 2016 / Janice Chan

We'll share a full recap next week, but I wanted to share this final thought on this Friday when all our kids are headed home from the last overnight camp of 2016.  On the last night of #CRSFcamp, we ask campers to vote on a camper of the week from their team.  There is only one from each team, but there are usually many nominees.  One chaperone remarked that it was neat to see that the kids all saw different things in each other, despite having only known each other for a few short days.  Usually they just write names, but one camper wrote a reason:


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August 22, 2016 / Janice Chan

It is our final week of Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation summer camp before the last of our kids head back to school, and we’re going to make it another great one!  This week, we have program participants and their mentors coming from New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and even from Canada!

Today, they are all arriving at camp—many thanks to Southwest Airlines for flying in many of our campers!  When they get to camp, we check them in, assigning everyone to a team of new friends for the week.  Then we give them...

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