2015 Cal, Sr. Day and our 50th Youth Development Park

Oct 05, 2015

Last Tuesday, September 29th, was a big day for the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation:

With the unveiling of Freedom Field at Marquette Park in Chicago, we celebrated reaching our goal of completing 50 Youth Development Parks in five years!  The goal of the Youth Development Park Initiative is to create clean, safe spaces for kids to play all across the country.

September 29 was also Cal, Sr. Day, a day when we invite our partners to honor Cal, Sr.’s memory by hosting an event with kids in their communities.  They played Quickball, they cleaned up their neighborhoods, they played games with kids who had special needs, they volunteered or performed acts of kindness for others in their communities, and so much more.  Here are a few highlights…











SpringSpirit Baseball, another YDP partner, held a clean-up and then played some Quickball:



Our friends at Living Classrooms, home to the Patterson Park Youth Sports Center Powered by Under Armour, spoke with their kids about Cal, Sr. and his legacy.  Then the kids who attended #CRSFcamp in the past led the younger kids in a game of Quickball!

While many of our east coast partners had to adjust their plans due to heavy rain, they didn’t let that stop them!  Many simply moved their activities indoors.  Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula were all ready to go with their rain plan.  Our friends at United Water teamed up with the Boys & Girls Club of Central Pennsylvania to host a really unique event to teach the kids about the importance of water conservation and taking care of our environment! 



And in Charlotte, NC, 2xSalt introduced their kids to Bubble Soccer, following a lesson on leadership with mentors from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

Many also reached out to others in their community.  Sunshine Ballpark in Fredericksburg, Virginia, hosted a skills clinic for children with special needs.  Weldon City Schools in North Carolina hosted a baseball game and invited students with special needs to participate.  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Zanesville in Ohio challenged their bigs and littles to come up with and perform acts of kindness for someone in their community. 

And these are not even all of the events hosted on Cal, Sr. Day but all in all, it was a successful day of fun, service, and bringing communities together!  Thank you to all of our partners who made it such a great day and who carry on Cal, Sr.’s legacy every day with the kids they serve!