Badges for Baseball

Our signature program, Badges for Baseball, was created in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice as a juvenile crime prevention initiative. It's a simple concept: pair cops and kids together to play and learn. We work to enhance the relationship between law enforcement and kids in underserved communities across the country using baseball as the hook. The work is not easy, but the results are remarkable. Law enforcement officers become the coaches,using team sports and our Healthy Choices, Healthy Children curriculum to teach important lessons about teamwork, communication, respect, and leadership that can be used both on and off the field.

A Virginia State Trooper catches a game with kids from his local Badges for Baseball program

What are the benefits?

The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation is committed to vigorously evaluating our impact on youth and communities through various methods and continuing to share the results. Read the results from our most recent program evaluation.

How does it work?

Learn more about Badges for Baseball at our online training platform, . Sign up for a free account and access all of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundationís training tools and resources for coaches and mentors.


Foundation Sponsors

This website is funded in part through a grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs,
U.S. Department of Justice. Neither the U.S. Department of Justice nor any of its components operate, control, are responsible for, or necessarily endorse,
this Web site (including, without limitation, its content, technical infrastructure, and policies, and any services or tools provided).

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