Coaches Forum
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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November 10, 2015 / Kaitlin Rowan

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”  - William Arthur Ward

After 41 years, first grade teacher Ms. Flexer of Cole Elementary School in Tennessee arrived on her last day of school to a full classroom.  You would think it would be like any other school day with students filling the desks, only it wasn’t.  Take a look and see… 


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October 27, 2015 / Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation

For those of you who use the background checks that are part of our National Child Protection Toolkit, we wanted to share with you this message from our service provider, FirstAdvantage:

Notice of System Maintenance

Friday, October 30th at 8:00 PM ET - Monday, November 2nd at 6:00 AM ET

Please be advised that we will be performing maintenance on Contractor Advantage.

During maintenance, this application will not be available to place new orders, check existing orders or review...

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October 22, 2015 / Brooke Austin

On October 24th, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Board are partnering to provide local youth with a FREE Youth Field Day Experience at Farview Park sponsored by Jeep Chrysler.


All attendees will receive a free t-shirt, participate in 6 different baseball related stations with student-athletes from local Universities, and lunch will be provided. We would love for you to join us...

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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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