Baltimore Orioles Cal Ripken helped put together a baseball clinic for 75 youngsters alongside Dayton’s local law enforcement crew as a part of the “Badges for Baseball” even happening throughout the state of Ohio. The program is designed to bring together kids in the state to work with and get mentored by law enforcement officers to build a better sense of trust and work on keeping a line of communication open between them. In 2014 alone well over 800 at-risk kids statewide were impacted by the Badges for Baseball event and it has proven itself to be well worth all of the time and effort that it takes to put together. The program has also made it clear that this is the way to keep the streets calmer and reduce the amount of crimes in the areas.
The 19-time All-Star player is originally from the state of Maryland, so it was a convenient factor that he got selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 1978 MLB Draft. However, it wasn’t until 1981 that Ripken made his professional baseball debut for the team that he played on for two decades. The 1983 World Series Champion is also a member of the 3,000 club and a eight time winner of the Silver Slugger Award. In addition to being the president and CEO of Ripken Baseball, the former Oriole is also a co-author of several books such as “Coaching Youth Baseball the Ripken Way”, “Get in the Game: 8 Elements of Perseverance That Make the Difference”, and “Hothead”.
Ripken was in Dayton, Ohio to help participate in the yearly program “Badges for Baseball” which is for kids all throughout the state to have an opportunity to attend clinics and get mentored by law enforcement officers. It is a great way for them to build relationships between the officers and youth, and about 75 of them got to meet the great baseball player in mid-July as a part of this function.
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