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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation to Host "College Day Experience" at the UW-Madison in Support of Badges for Baseball Program


“Partnering with the UW-Madison is an exciting ‘first' for the Badges for Baseball program in Wisconsin,” Attorney General Van Hollen said.


MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is pleased to join young baseball fans from across Wisconsin for the “College Day Experience” at the University of Wisconsin – Madison on Saturday, in partnership with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. Attorney General Van Hollen will deliver his remarks to the group at the Gordon Dining and Event Center, located at 770 West Dayton Street in Madison beginning at roughly 10 a.m.


The daylong event will give the approximately 90 young people a chance to explore the campus through guided tours, hear from a variety of guest speakers, dine with college students and take part in a game of Ripken Quickball, a form of “quick baseball” that's focused on fast-paced play and non-stop action. The Quickball game, in which the UW-Madison Police Department will participate, will follow the Attorney General's remarks. Saturday's “College Day Experience” is made possible through grant funding and donations from the Department of Justice and the UW-Madison Visitor and Information Programs office.


“Partnering with the UW-Madison is an exciting ‘first' for the Badges for Baseball program in Wisconsin,” Attorney General Van Hollen said. “Exposing young people to this kind of academic environment through a favorite pastime is one way we can show them what they're capable of accomplishing in life through hard work and good character.”


“This is an excellent opportunity for officers from the UW Police Department to interact with the community in a positive environment,” Sergeant Aaron Chapin with the UW – Madison Police Department, said. “Our officers are excited to have the opportunity to work with young people and be a positive role model.”


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.


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 the  Cal Ripkin, Sr. Foundation website.