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NCDOJ and Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation Partner for 4th Year of Badges for Baseball

Release date: 3/12/2012

Crime Prevention Program Pairs At-Risk Youth with Law Enforcement mentors 

Raleigh, NC ––The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation (CRSF) and the Office of the Attorney General and the North Carolina Department of Justice have partnered for the fourth consecutive year to bring Badges for Baseball to at-risk youth in North Carolina. The 2012 initiative included a kickoff training program for mentors and law enforcement participants on March 12 at Boys & Girls Club of Wake County in Raleigh, NC.
 
“Through Badges for Baseball, thousands of young people in North Carolina get to have fun and make new friends while learning how to stay out of trouble and make good choices,” said North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper. “Connecting these kids with positive role models from law enforcement can make a tremendous difference for both the kids and the officers.”
 
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 living in underserved communities across the country. Since 2009, over 25,519 children have benefitted from this program, and in 2012 more than 3,000 children will be impacted.
 
“We are excited to continue working with the North Carolina Department of Justice to bring the Badges for Baseball program to deserving youth in North Carolina,” said Steve Salem, President & 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.”
 
Since 2009, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, in partnership with the Office of the Attorney General and the North Carolina Department of Justice, has provided financial support, equipment, special events, overnight camp opportunities and curriculum to community based partners in 20 cities and towns across North Carolina. 
 
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 North Carolina Department of Justice
Attorney General Roy Cooper is the head of the North Carolina Department of Justice. The Department provides legal representation to state agencies, assists local law enforcement in fighting crime and prosecuting cases, provides training and standards for law enforcement, and works to protect North Carolina consumers. The Department of Justice includes the NC State Bureau of Investigation, which works with local law enforcement to investigate a wide variety of crimes. 



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