Coaches Forum
March 09, 2016 / Janice Chan

When you are recruiting long-term volunteers, it’s not unlike having part-time staff.  You’re looking for someone to show up regularly at pre-scheduled times, for a certain duration, and to serve in a particular role on the team.  Even in a group mentoring program where you have multiple mentors, consistency is key!  Kids and mentors need to be able to build relationships over time.  Success is not recruiting 10 new volunteers—it’s getting those volunteers to stick around. 

Be clear about what you will be asking of volunteers/...

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March 02, 2016 / Kaitlin Rowan

There are three essential components to the Badges for Baseball program: consistent law enforcement and adult mentorship, the Badges for Baseball curriculum, and a team sport.  The program was created to reach youth by using baseball and softball as the hook.  What makes the Badges for Baseball curriculum so unique is that it can be used with any team sport.  Baseball, softball, basketball, soccer, and any you can think of.  The lessons are applicable to any sport!

Just as ...

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February 26, 2016 / Kaitlin Rowan

Let’s Talk About Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Most commonly known as a concussion, TBI is an injury to the brain caused by a blow to the head or body.  The blow can either be through contact with another player, hard surface, or ground, or by being hit by a piece of equipment such as a ball, stick, or helmet.   No matter the severity of the blow, a concussion can occur without loss of consciousness and is always serious.


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February 17, 2016 / Tim Bancells

“To feel good from your head to your feet, keep a healthy heart beat!” - Unknown

The easiest and most convenient way to having a healthy heart is to educate yourself! If you know the right way to take care of both your body and your heart, then you will have a better chance of having a healthy lifestyle.  Keep it simple with these 7 keys to maintaining a healthy heart from the American Heart Association.

While educating...

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February 10, 2016 / Tim Bancells, Janice Chan, Darius Gardner, Kaitlin Rowan

Whose stories are not being told, are not known, but should be? 

And more importantly—to whom are we not speaking? 

No individual’s story ever tells the whole story.  History is sorely lacking when we only hear from a few, or when others are completely ignored.  Beyond that, we miss out on the chance to reach many people when we don’t share stories they can connect with.  In that spirit, we’ve rounded up some resources and some lesser known stories to help you celebrate Black History Month.  (As these resources are for...

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February 05, 2016 / Janice Chan

Last weekend I attended a screening and panel discussion of In Football We Trust, a documentary that follows four Polynesian American high school football players in Utah.  They come from communities that are strife with poverty and gangs, where nothing matters more than family, and where football is seen as the way up.  It’s a really interesting documentary and brought up lots of food for thought about the opportunities to do...

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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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