Our History

The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in 2001 by baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr, 12-year Major League Baseball veteran Bill Ripken, and members of the Ripken family. The Foundation honors the legend and spirit of Cal Ripken, Sr., who passed away in 1999. During his 37-year career with the Baltimore Orioles organization, Cal, Sr. was a pioneer for his way of teaching the basics of the game as well as the basics of life to both big leaguers and their youth league counterparts. The traits and lessons passed on by Cal, Sr. - leadership, work ethic, responsibility, and healthy living-are brought to life through a character education curriculum created for at-risk youth.

The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation is reaching out to underserved youth across the country. Through partnerships with youth-serving organizations and schools, the Foundation brings vital life lessons to America's most impressionable population, using baseball as the hook to reach kids.

Cal Ripken, Sr. with sons, Cal, Jr. and Bill
 

Foundation Sponsors

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