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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation to Kick Off the 2013 Badges for Baseball Program


Media are encouraged to join local law enforcement and community partners for kickoff at 11 am Monday in Milwaukee.


MADISON — On Monday, March 18, 2013, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation will launch the fifth year of the Wisconsin Badges for Baseball Program. The 2013 Badges for Baseball kick-off training for community-based partners and law enforcement mentors will follow the media event.  The kickoff is scheduled for 11 am, Monday, March 18, 2013, at COA Family & Youth Goldin Center, located at 2320 West Burleigh Street in Milwaukee.


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 a number of communities, which include Milwaukee, Madison, Beloit, Appleton, Kaukauna, and on the Menominee Tribal Land.  Since 2009, thousands of children have benefitted from this program.


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.  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.  More information is available at the following link: