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Crime Prevention Program Pairs At-Risk Youth with Law Enforcement mentors
Madison, WI ––The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation (CRSF) today announced they have partnered with the Office of the Attorney General and the Wisconsin Department of Justice for the fourth consecutive year to bring Badges for Baseball to at-risk youth in Wisconsin, and the first year in the state capital of Madison. The 2012 initiative included a kickoff training program for mentors and law enforcement participants on March 21 at the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County in Fitchburg, WI.
“Every year, I look forward to Badges for Baseball and our growing partnerships across the state,” said Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. “I'm thrilled to see Badges come to Madison. The possibilities that come with pairing our young people with local law enforcement partners are limitless. It's truly a win-win.”
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 reshapes the relationship between law enforcement and children in communities across the country. Since 2009, nearly 7,000 children in Wisconsin have benefitted from the program, and in 2012, an additional 1,500 children will be impacted.
“We are excited to continue working with Attorney General Van Hollen and the Wisconsin Department of Justice to bring the Badges for Baseball program to deserving youth in Wisconsin and to launch the program in Madison,” said Steve Salem, President and Executive Director of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. “The program brings important messages of respect, work ethic, leadership, and perseverance to young people while partnering them with law enforcement mentors.”
The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, in partnership with the Office of the Attorney General and the Wisconsin Department of Justice, continues to provide financial support, equipment, special events, overnight camp opportunities and curriculum to community-based partners in five cities and towns across Wisconsin. In 2011, the Foundation impacted more than 26,000 youth in 16 states around the country through Badges for Baseball.
About the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation
The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation uses baseball and softball-themed programs to help build character and teach critical life lessons to underserved youth residing in America's most distressed communities. 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. The Ripken Foundation uses the baseball and softball field to help teach life's critical lessons such as perseverance, loyalty, nutrition, hard work and leadership to young people residing in disadvantaged communities. In 2011, the Foundation impacted more than 26,000 youth in 16 states around the country through Badges for Baseball.
About the Wisconsin Department of Justice
The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) consists of the Office of the Attorney General, the Division of Criminal Investigation, the Division of Law Enforcement Services, the Division of Legal Services, the Division of Management Services and the Office of Crime Victim Services. The DOJ provides legal advice and representation, criminal investigation, and various law enforcement services for the state. Follow the Wisconsin Department of Justice on Twitter @WisDOJ.