Mission: The mission of the cal ripken, sr. Foundation is to build character and teach critical life lessons to underserved young people residing in america's most distressed communities through baseball and softball themed programs.
Programs: Design and facilitate the creation of youth development parks, primarily in at-risk communities throughout the country which are in need of a safe place for children to play and grow. The foundation partners with local organizations to build multi-purpose, synthetic surface facilities that serve as classrooms for many of the lessons the foundation teaches through our "badges for baseball" and "healthy choices, healthy children" character education programs. These facilities are state-of-the-art facilities that are attractive, safe, fun, educational and stimulating for kids of all ages. Each facility is personalized to meet the needs within the community for those who live and play there.
provide cash and equipment funding to organizations working with underserved youth in their communities. The foundation also engages law enforcement officials in these and other communities (including the u. S. Marshals service) to act as mentors and coaches for underserved youth as part of the foundation's "badges for baseball" program. The goal is to display law enforcement officials as friends and positive role models, not people who youth only become engaged with in troubled times.
provide a "major league-style" overnight camp experience for underserved youth from around the country at the foundation's youth baseball facility in aberdeen, md. Foundation staff teach baseball the "ripken way" while reinforcing the values taught in the "healthy choices, healthy children" curriculum. The youth also participate in a number of activities at the overnight camp location including ropes courses, swimming, basketball and character building games. The foundation also conducts mini-camps and clinics at partner sites throughout the country which are similar to the baseball portion of the overnight camp in aberdeen.