Coaches Forum
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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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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