Coaches Forum
February 02, 2016 / Tim Bancells

Many of us take an interest in sports from a young age.  When we are little, we have no idea how long we will play sports or how far it can take us in life.  It is similar school.  A good education is important, and that can come in many forms.  College may not be the right answer for everyone, but it should never be written off simply because it seems unattainable or like an unknown.  This is why we host College Experience Days, to show kids what college life is like and give them to chance to...

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January 18, 2016 / Darius Gardner

Today, we honor one of our nation’s most influential heroes, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Known as a brave man, he devoted his life to help transform the racial differences in the United States.


He believed each human being should be observed as the same, no matter what the color of their skin was or which gender, race, ethnicity or religion beliefs. He advocated for social change and fought for racial equality. He preached a message of love and tolerance that is still echoed today....

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January 14, 2016 / Janice Chan

Today is "I Am a Mentor Day" and January is National Mentoring Month, so we thought we would share why we mentor or why we feel mentoring is important.


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January 13, 2016 / Scott Swinson

Juwan N., a former member of the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Baltimore and Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation camper, has received acceptance letters to two colleges, University of Maryland-Eastern Shore and West Virginia University!  Congratulations, Juwan!



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January 07, 2016 / Kaitlin Rowan

In the beginning of each year, many people talk about and set New Year’s resolutions.  Most people are actively engaged in their resolutions in the beginning and tend to let them fall to the wayside as the year progresses.  If a New Year’s resolution is a goal or intention for the upcoming year, how can you stay focused and maintain motivation?

A goal is a standard that you want to achieve in a specific...

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January 05, 2016 / Darius Gardner

Happy New Year from the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation!

As we finish up 2015 and take a step into 2016, we can all take a moment to reflect. Were you able to accomplish all your goals, or reach all the milestones you set for yourself? If not, why not start now? New Year’s resolutions are a common theme of the new year, but these resolutions tend to be more of a wish then a want one consistently strives towards. Before you know it, your New Year’s resolution fades along with the holiday lights. It’s time that we take steps toward making these resolutions realities. That...

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December 23, 2015 / Janice Chan

As we wind down 2015, it’s easy to get caught up in meeting year-end deadlines or getting ready for the holidays.  People are making plans and goals and resolutions for 2016.  (We are, too!)  But I ask that you--sometime in the next couple of weeks, if another request is making you stressed!--take a few moments to reflect on this past year, to rewind and find one thing you’re proudest of for each month of 2015...

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December 10, 2015 / Kaitlin Rowan
November 25, 2015 / Janice Chan

While we at the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation are grateful to get to work with you throughout the year, this upcoming holiday seemed like a good excuse for a cheesy acrostic poem:

Thank you to
Each and every one of you who, through your contribution of time and talent and other gifts, plays
A crucial role in achieving the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation's
Mission of helping kids—regardless of circumstance—make smart choices for bright, healthy futures.

Okay, that’s not really a poem and there are first graders who could kick my butt in acrostic...

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November 19, 2015 / Janice Chan

As we start the winter sports season, some of you might be looking for some team building activities—although they are great to use any time!  Here’s one from our Playbook for Coaching Uncommon Athletes:

Lap Sit

  • Group size:  4 - 50
  • Length of Activity: 5 – 20 minutes 
  • Goal: To increase social comfort and work on communication skills
  • Equipment Needed: None, but it may be a good idea it may be a good idea to play on a...
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