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APPLETON - After the success of the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation Badges for Baseball program in Milwaukee, the program is expanding to the Fox Valley. As a partner in the Badges for Baseball program, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen presented the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation with a check for $100,000 to expand the program to the Appleton area at a press conference at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley today.
"Badges for Baseball has proven itself to be a positive influence on young people," said Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen.
Badges for Baseball is a partnership between volunteers from the Outagamie Sheriff's Department, Appleton Police Department, Grand Chute Police Department, Neenah Police Department, Appleton Fire Department, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, and Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen.
"We hope Badges for Baseball will be able to have the same positive effect in the Fox Valley that it did in the Milwaukee area," said Van Hollen. "I'm glad to see our law enforcement partners as excited as I am about what this program is all about."
The program provides about 200 kids in the Appleton area an opportunity to build character and learn life's critical lessons while being mentored by public safety officials in many of the police districts throughout the Fox Valley. This partnership sets out to build relationships and mutual respect between children and law enforcement all while providing a structured setting of learning, curriculum and value of teamwork.