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"Badges for Baseball"
MILWAUKEE - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, the Cal Ripken Senior Foundation, Milwaukee Police Association, Milwaukee Professional Firefighters Association, Milwaukee Police Department and Milwaukee Community Based Organizations (CBO's) kicked off a crime prevention partnership designed to pair law enforcement professionals as mentors and coaches with youth.
"I am inspired by the potential for so much good to come out of this effort,” Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said at the kick-off for Badges for Baseball. "Police and firefighters protect us every day in the work they do. Their volunteer commitment to a safer, healthier, more hopeful community and the children who this program is all about is just plain inspiring, I am grateful to them and the Cal Ripken Senior Foundation for making Badges for Baseball a reality in Milwaukee,” he went on.
Law enforcement partners include staff from the Milwaukee Police Association, the Milwaukee Professional Firefighter's Association and the Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation. The program serves as a positive outlet for youth during out-of-school hours when they are most likely to commit or become victims of crime. Participating youth will learn the basics of baseball/softball while participating in the Foundation's character development program, Healthy Choices, Healthy Children.
"We're thrilled to partner with Attorney General Van Hollen and the Wisconsin law enforcement community to bring Badges for Baseball to Milwaukee,” said Steve Salem, Executive Director of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation (CRSF). "The support of Attorney General Van Hollen's office has been tremendous; we're looking forward to working with all of the Milwaukee Badges for Baseball sites to bring these important messages of respect, work ethic, leadership and perseverance to kids across the city.”
Attorney General Van Hollen has awarded the CRSF $100,000 to support the Milwaukee Badges for Baseball program. In addition, the CRSF will provide matching equipment and support to invest more than $200,000 to help Milwaukee's young people most in need.
This partnership, together with community volunteers, will provide the 2009 Badges for Baseball the following:
About the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation
The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation helps build character and teach critical life lessons to disadvantaged youth residing in America's most distressed communities through baseball and softball themed programs. Founded in 2001 by members of the Ripken family in memory of their patriarch Cal, Sr., the Foundation works to create programs that positively impact disadvantaged youth through active community partnerships with America's most successful youth service organizations.