This awardee has received supplemental funding. This award detail page includes information about both the original award and supplemental awards.
Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2004, $2,968,350)
This award will support the C.A.L. (Character, Academics, Leadership) Community Baseball Program; a pilot project from the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, to assist kids from disadvantaged backgrounds in finding a path to success that includes team sports, sound character development, a healthy lifestyle and enlivened academics. This project will address some of the root causes of juvenile crime and violence: lack of physical education opportunities; the appeals of drugs, alcohol and tobacco; and the perceived irrelevance of school.
The Cal Ripken Foundation will provide youth in elementary, middle, and high school with character building, leadership training, and resistance to drugs using baseball as a means to instill the values of responsibility, respect, integrity and hard work. The goals and objectives will address the protective factors of physical safety, supportive relationships and a sense of belonging through on the field and camp opportunities. Youth will be provided clear expectations regarding the prohibition of drugs, alcohol and tobacco in pre-camp presentations that include parents and youth. Performance measures will include the number of youth served and the number of coaches trained.NCA/NCF
Since June 2003, the C.A.L. (Character, Athletics, Leadership) Community Baseball/Softball Program, a project of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation (CRSF), has provided a 'big league' experience for thousands of disadvantaged youth. Using the hook of baseball/softball the C.A.L. Program addresses the need for recreational outlets in targeted cities across the country and provides assistance to youth-serving organizations to develop and expand baseball/softball programs and teach youth how to make healthy life choices. The program engages youth in the joy of the game while it employs delinquency-preventative measures including physical education/activity, access to team sports, education about the dangers of drug, alcohol and tobacco use; and encouragement to establish affirming peer companionship, healthy social interaction and a positive connection to community.