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October 20, 2015 / Kaitlin Rowan

“I just like to smile!  Smiling is my favorite!”  - Buddy the Elf

Have you ever noticed how smiling is contagious?  When you’re passing a stranger who is beaming at you, you can’t help but shoot a smile, too.  Or maybe a good friend did something embarrassingly funny like snort milk out of their nose, and you two are stuck in a laughing frenzy.  Or maybe you...

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October 14, 2015 / Janice Chan

October is National Bullying Prevention Month.  The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation offers many resources that you can use with your kids to help prevent bullying, including blog posts on how to use our bullying prevention resources.  One of these resources is the Uncommon Athlete:

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October 08, 2015 / Janice Chan and Tim Bancells

This Monday, we welcomed a new program coordinator to our team: Tim Bancells.  We’ve already thrown him right into the mix with a Badges for Baseball Kickoff event with Living Classrooms on Tuesday and a clean-up day yesterday at Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Baltimore with our friends from NY Life, Home Depot, and Aarons!  This weekend, he goes on his first CRSF trip with Kaitlin and Darius for a College Experience Day at Bucknell University.

Before he hits the road, we asked him to share a little bit about himself…

My name is Tim...

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October 05, 2015 / Janice Chan

Last Tuesday, September 29th, was a big day for the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation:

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October 02, 2015 / Scott Swinson

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...

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September 24, 2015 / Jenna Mosketti

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....

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September 16, 2015 / Kaitlin Rowan

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...

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September 11, 2015 / Janice Chan

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...

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September 08, 2015 / Janice Chan

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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September 02, 2015 / Brooke Austin

Here are some more highlights from our last summer camp:

 

 

 

 

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