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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation Kick Off the 2012 Badges for Baseball Program


WHAT: 2012 Wisconsin Badges for Baseball Kick-off Training and News Conference


WHO: Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen
Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation staff
Local law enforcement from participating communities
Representatives from partnering community-based organizations


WHEN: Tomorrow, March 21, 2012 | TIME: 9:00 am


WHERE: Boys & Girls Club of Dane County
4619 Jenewein Road
Fitchburg, WI 53711


WHY: On March 21, 2012, Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen will launch the fourth year of the Wisconsin Badges for Baseball Program. The 2012 Badges for Baseball kick-off training for community-based partners and law enforcement mentors will follow the press event. 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, WI, will join the program. Since 2009, nearly 7,000 children have benefitted from this program, and in 2012, an additional 1,500 children will be impacted.


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's a simple concept: pair 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. In 2011, the Foundation impacted more than 26,000 youth in 16 states around the country through Badges for Baseball.


The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation uses baseball and softball-themed programs to help build character and teach critical life lessons to youth. Founded in 2001 by members of the Ripken family in memory of their patriarch Cal, Sr., the Foundation works to create programs that positively impact at-risk youth through active community partnerships with America's most successful youth service organizations.