This week’s spotlight shines on Baltimore County high school senior and former Badges for Baseball participant Juwan. Juwan’s accomplishments were brought to my attention by Jeff Johnson, who is the Vice President of Juvenile Services at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Baltimore (BGCMB).
A few years ago when Juwan was still in middle school, Jeff was actually neighbors with Juwan’s parents. One summer, Juwan’s parents approached Jeff and asked if they knew of any sort of programs that they could enroll Juwan in to keep him...Read Full Post
For those who don’t know, lacrosse is a fast-paced game full of long sprints and abrupt whistles. Using a stick, the objective is to run down the field and score, whether you pass the ball, dodge or sprint by defenders. As one might imagine after reading this description, lacrosse and baseball are two completely different sports. But what is similar between both sports are the principles behind it. Sportsmanship, teamwork, and work ethic are all things that can be applied to each sport.
The Badges for Baseball Coaches Manual is the cornerstone of the Cal Ripken, Sr....Read Full Post
Most coaches and mentors agree that communication is a core principle needed both on and off the field. One of the qualities a good leader should have is effective communication. While many people would expect communication to be simply what one says, one important part of communication that is forgotten is what is nonverbally communicated.
Nonverbal communication consists of gestures, facial expressions, and body language. The reason that...Read Full Post
In case you missed it, read our last blog post to learn how you can participate in our second annual “Cal, Sr. Day” on September 29, 2015.
We’re getting very excited for September 29th, which will be Cal, Sr. Day 2015, as well as the day when we open our 50th Youth Development Park in Chicago, IL! We have already heard from many of you about your plans to celebrate Cal, Sr. Day in your communities: a baseball skills clinic for youth with special needs, neighborhood clean-ups...Read Full Post
How did it get to become September? We’re already a week in. The last of our campers have flown home and gone back to school. I asked our team what their proudest moments of #CRSFcamp were, and here’s what they shared:
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This is the last week of #CRSFcamp this summer! The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation welcomed more than 100 kids to camp from our Badges for Baseball sites and program partners from California, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, and Wisconsin for one last hurrah before everybody heads back to school!
They came in on Monday, many flying in with some help from our friends at Southwest Airlines. When they arrived at camp, they were outfitted with gear from Under Armour, Marucci, and Rawlings. Plus, Walmart helped...Read Full Post
This week, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation welcomed over 200 kids to #CRSFcamp from Maryland, Massachusetts, Virginia, Texas, North Carolina, Minnesota, Maine, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Illinois and—for the first time ever—Nicaragua! (Earlier this year, Scott and Brooke traveled to Nicaragua as part of a SportsUnited exchange program sponsored by the US Department of State. This week, some of the kids they met traveled to the US to join us for camp!)
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September 29, 2015, will be an amazing day for a couple reasons. But with your help, it could be amazing for a couple hundred or even thousand reasons…
September 29 will be our second annual Cal, Sr. Day, a day when we honor Cal, Sr.—the mentor who inspired players of all ages and inspired the Foundation’s mission of helping to build...Read Full Post