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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to Throw Out Ceremonial "First Pitch" at Madison Mallards Game in Support of Badges for Baseball Program

 

“I thank the Mallards for this incredible opportunity to highlight the positive work of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and our many law enforcement partners statewide. The success of this program, and the benefit to the children who participate, depend upon these highly-valued and supportive partners,” Attorney General Van Hollen said.

 

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is pleased to join Madison baseball fans at tonight's Mallards game as he throws a ceremonial “first pitch” in support of the Wisconsin Badges for Baseball Program, a partnership through the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. Attorney General Van Hollen is scheduled to take to the pitcher's mound tonight around 6:55 p.m., ahead of the Mallards' game versus the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters. More than 100 children affiliated with the program from Dane County and the Milwaukee area will join the Attorney General and others for the game.

 

This marks the fourth year for the Wisconsin Badges for Baseball Program. Since 2009, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, in partnership with the Office of the Attorney General and the Wisconsin Department of Justice, has provided financial support, equipment, special events, overnight camp opportunities and curriculum to community-based partners in Milwaukee, Beloit, Appleton, Kaukauna, and on the Menominee Tribal Land. This year, Madison joined the program. Since 2009, nearly 7,000 children have benefitted from this program, and in 2012, an additional 1,500 children will be impacted.

 

“I thank the Mallards for this incredible opportunity to highlight the positive work of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and our many law enforcement partners statewide. The success of this program, and the benefit to the children who participate, depend upon these highly-valued and supportive partners,” Attorney General Van Hollen said.

 

Badges for Baseball is a juvenile crime prevention program created by The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice. It pairs police and kids together to play and learn. The program re-shapes the relationship between law enforcement and kids living in communities across the country. More information is available at http://www.ripkenfoundation.org/

 

Check out photos from the event