Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation And SUEZ celebrate 6th consecutive year of badges for baseball program in Poughkeepsie, New York
Additionally, a youth participant from the local Poughkeepsie program community joined representatives from SUEZ in throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Hudson Valley Renegades taking on the Brooklyn Cyclones. Prior to the game, the youth participated in on-field games, such as Kickball 2.0 and Quickball, which is a fast-paced, easy to learn version of baseball.
“The continuous support from SUEZ has been crucial to this program’s success,” said Steve Salem, president, Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. “Together, we are making a lasting impact on the youth of Poughkeepsie and it’s exciting to watch the program thrive in this community. We look forward to the program’s continued growth for years to come”
Badges for Baseball is a juvenile crime prevention program created by the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice. It’s a simple concept: pair police and children together to play and learn. The program reshapes the relationship between law enforcement and children in communities across the country. Since adopting the program in 2011, Badges for Baseball programing has impacted 675 youth in Poughkeepsie and included participation from over 20 law enforcement and adult mentors.
“The program provided for our youth is a welcome event each year,” said Jon Jay Baisley, Deputy Supervisor Town of Poughkeepsie. “We look forward to a program that has something for everyone to enjoy; making it a family affair. The joint effort between Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and SUEZ is greatly appreciated. I want to also recognize the Poughkeepsie Babe Ruth Cal Ripken Baseball team (10 and under) who are one of the top 12 teams in the country. We are excited to watch them play in the World Series!”
Thanks to the continued support of SUEZ, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation has provided the Town of Poughkeepsie with the resources needed to implement Badges for Baseball. This includes cash awards, baseball/softball and Quickball equipment, a character education curriculum, and opportunities to send deserving youth to overnight summer camp at The Ripken Experience Aberdeen Powered By Under Armour complex in Aberdeen, Maryland.
About the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation (CRSF)
For the last 15 years, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation has worked tirelessly to implement youth development programs that directly address the problems facing at-risk youth in distressed circumstances across the country. Inspired by one of the most iconic baseball families, the Ripkens created the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation to honor the legacy of its family patriarch, longtime coach, and mentor, Cal Ripken, Sr. The Ripken Foundation use sports-themed programs to bring police officers, youth partners and underserved kids ages 8 to 14 together on a level playing field to learn invaluable life skills.
In addition, the Ripken Foundation’s Youth Development Park Initiative creates clean, safe places for kids to play on multi-purpose, synthetic surface fields that promote healthy living in an outdoor recreational facility. In just five years, the Ripken Foundation has created 55 completed parks across the country, impacting over 235,000 kids annually. In 2015, the Ripken Foundation impacted over 1 million kids nationwide through its Youth Development Parks and mentor programs.