Coaches Forum
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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August 18, 2016 / Janice Chan

Another excellent week of #CRSFcamp is in the books, thanks to an uncommon group of campers, mentors, and Badges for Baseball coaches from as close as Baltimore and as far away as Nicaragua!

We stayed in cabins on the Chesapeake Bay:

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August 16, 2016 / Heather Group

We are excited to kick of our first August camp with 186 campers and their mentors, who flew and drove in from Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia. On top of that we had a group fly internationally all the way from Nicaragua! The kids are geared up and excited for a week full of baseball, rope lines, team building and many more fun experiences. Not only that but they will have presentations throughout the week from our Badges for Baseball partners and inspiring guest speakers. We would like...

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August 10, 2016 / Janice Chan

We're ending the summer on a high note with two last weeks of Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation summer camp!  Kids and their mentors will be coming in from across the country, and this time we will even have a couple groups from other countries.  We are busy preparing, but we want you to know that you can follow along right here on the Coaches Forum blog and also on Twitter! 

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August 02, 2016 / Amanda Borucki

Turn off your electronics, unplug your phones, and don’t look back. 

Even a couple of hours without technology is the best way to get in touch with your body, spirit, and mind.  Whether it’s on mountain hills, dirt trails, or open green grass plains, hiking is a calming activity that everyone needs to take time to try. While you can hike solo, hiking as a group...

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