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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

Event Begins on UW-Madison Campus Tomorrow at 10 am


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 about 10 a.m.


The daylong event will give the approximately 100 young people who are expected 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.


This marks the fifth year for the Wisconsin Badges for Baseball Program, which has impacted thousands of children throughout the State. 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.  Last year, Madison joined the 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 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 Ripken, Sr. Foundation website.