Baseball Great and the Boys and Girls Club

By: Renee' LaSalle
By: Renee' LaSalle

Cal Ripken, Sr. spent over 37 years playing, coaching, and managing in the sport he loved the most - baseball. He's gone now, but in his legacy is an incredible organization that making a difference for kids who otherwise, may not be able to enjoy America's pastime.

The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation is on a 20 city 'Play Ball! Tour for Kids.' They're on a mission to teach baseball 'the Ripken way' using the game to develop leadership, teamwork, good sportsmanship, and a healthy lifestyle, and they're helping to cover some of the costs.

"If we can come down and treat these kids like major leaguers and give them a chance to succeed whether it be through new equipment, or new baseball fields, or money to help with uniforms, things like that and to give these kids that opportunity to succeed, we're doing a good job," said Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation representative Brandon Knott.

In partnership with Nike, the foundation donated $18,000 in baseball and softball equipment to the Lauderdale County Schools, and they didn't forget the Boys and Girls Club. With a $15,000 check the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation made it possible for many boys and girls, who might not otherwise have the chance, to play baseball and softball this summer.

"I think it’s very important that we try to get as many of our children involved in extra curricular activities (as possible). And we just feel honored that they selected our grant to fund," said Ricky Hood of the Lauderdale County Boys and Girls Club.

At the end of this year's tour donations to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America will reach $735,000 and $1,000,000 in baseball and softball equipment will have been donated to city and county schools across the nation.

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