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Ruppersberger Announces a $2 Million Grant For the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation

Nov 20, 2009
Press Release

Washington, DC - Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-2) is pleased to announce that the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation has been awarded a $2 million federal grant. The Foundation will use the money to fund baseball themed programs that will help underprivileged kids from all across the country find the path to success. The program will help youngsters develop leadership skills, good work habits, and a healthy lifestyle through team sports and other after school activities.

"The Ripkens exemplify hard work, dedication, and strong leadership that has led them to phenomenal success. It is wonderful that they want to share their talents and experiences with at risk kids. This $2 million federal grant will help them improve the lives of these children and make our entire community stronger," said Congressman Ruppersberger.

The Ripken Foundation camps have been in full swing this past summer giving more than 250 disadvantaged kids a once in a lifetime experience to attend baseball and softball camps across the country. The children learned the value of teamwork, good sportsmanship, personal responsibility, and a strong work ethic. The grant will help the Ripken Foundation continue this great work.

The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation was created in 2001 in memory of Cal Ripken, Sr. who worked for 37 years as a player, coach, and manager with the Baltimore Orioles' organization. His teachings and the "Ripken Way" influenced thousands of young ballplayers including his sons, Cal, Jr. and Bill Ripken.

The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice as part of its Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Program.