This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, honoring the legacy of the Foundation’s namesake, Cal Ripken, Sr., and the incredible work and commitment from special people who have contributed to the success of the Foundation over the years.
What began in 2001 as a local initiative by Cal and Bill Ripken to honor their father has turned into a national organization, operating in partnership with hundreds of youth-serving organizations in 42 states and has impacted over 1.2 million kids.
For its efforts, the Foundation’s work has resulted in the development and opening of 100 Youth Development Parks, multi-purpose or baseball turf fields that provide safe places to play and learn for children living in underserved communities, 66 STEM centers, in addition to meaningful programs, run effectively through Foundation partners nationwide.
In total, the Foundation has impacted 10 million underserved kids and invested tens of millions of dollars into communities of need.
In conjunction with the start of the Foundation’s 20th year, CRSF announced the opening of its 100th YDP in South Baltimore. Named BGE Field presented by Kelly Benefits at Reedbird Park, the multipurpose field in Cherry Hill is slated for completion in the summer of 2021.
“Looking back to when we started the Foundation in memory of Dad, I am blown away by what we have accomplished all across the country,” said Cal. “We initially set out to honor Cal Ripken, Sr., and help some kids in our hometown of Aberdeen. I always like to say that you can do a lot of good by yourself but with great partners, like our board, staff, donors, and corporate partners, we have been able to make a real difference in the lives of kids in need, and it has been truly satisfying.”
To learn more about the anniversary and the lasting legacy of the Foundation, visit https://www.ripkenfoundation.org/.