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Farewell to Fred Ripken

It is with deep regret that we acknowledge the passing of one of the Ripken Family's beloved sons. On July 30 at thefre age of 60, Frederick Charles "Fred" Ripken of Havre de Grace passed away. He was the father of Austyn Ripken and Mariah Ripken Curll, grandfather of Kaedan Lucas and Keegan Curll, and brother of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation's Cal Ripken, Jr. and Billy Ripken, as well as Ellen Ripken. He was the son of Violet and Cal Ripken, Sr.

Known as a motorcycle enthusiast, Fred Ripken owned Rip's Performance Center and was also a natural athlete of his own, coaching Havre de Grace Grace Little League and Havre de Grace High School softball. He was also amazing at wood and metal working and loved classical music. He touched so many during his short life at the track, his businesses, and the ball field. 

He was a devoted father and grandfather and was surrounded by his entire family as they shared laughter, tears, and heartache.

  • Reach and Impact

    Reach & Impact

    In 2021, the Ripken Foundation collaborated with 589 local youth-serving partners and law enforcement agencies in 383 cities and towns in 46 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Colombia to impact over 1.2 million at-risk youth. The Ripken Foundation Portal, which gives mentors access to our program curriculum guides, impacted 590,075 of those at-risk youth while our virtual programs reached over 3,132 kids. In addition, we now have 213 STEM Centers completed in 17 states giving over 60,000 kids the early exposure and hands-on opportunity to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

  • Mentoring

    Mentoring

    In 2021, over 4,234 coaches, law enforcement officers, teachers, volunteers, and other youth mentors worked with the kids in our programs. Badges for Baseball, our signature crime prevention and mentoring program, impacted 31,121 kids in 111 communities.

  • Youth Development Parks

    Youth Development Parks

    We’re adding more of our signature Youth Development Parks every year—creating safe places to play and renewing community pride.

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Testimonials

We love to hear how the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation has positively impacted the lives of our mentors and at-risk youth. If you have a positive experience with the Foundation that you would like to share, please submit a story. You might be featured below or on our social media outlets!

  • Ernie Graham

    I remember meeting Ernie Graham on the second day of the CRSF Summer Camp and listening to the story he told us about how he went from rags to riches to rags. I can honestly say that the summer camp was the reason I came back to school and decided to become a smart athlete.

    Cornell Powell
    Former Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation Summer Camp Participant
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    The Badges for Baseball program was a 100% law enforcement participation program and the kids that participated were at-risk kids who would never speak or communicate with the police. That has changed drastically, these kids now run up to the police cruisers and they want to talk to the police.

    Sgt. Randy Shaw
    Stafford County, Virginia
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    The Badges for Baseball program has yielded results that were unforeseen.  The relationships made will be lifelong and the Green Bay Police Department is eager to continue on with the program.

    Officer Kevin Warych
    Green Bay Police Department
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    This CRSF camp trip was packed with “first’s” for most of the members that joined me: it was the first time these members traveled out of state and for some, the first time at a baseball camp. Although the camp was loaded with memories, what stuck with my group of boys the most was the bonding they had with our roommates after all the activities were done.

    BJ Kolb
    Boys and Girls Club of Green Bay
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    I can remember back to my first day in the Badges for Baseball program. The police officers were amazing, coming out to all the practices and games. They had a big influence on me, and because of them, I am now studying to become a police officer at Fox Valley Tech in Appleton, Wisconsin. It wouldn’t have been possible without Badges for Baseball. 

    Alex Steward
    Former Badges for Baseball Participant
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    I have seen students come out of their shells, they are answering questions, they are building relationships with police officers and it is a very positive program in the schools.

    Tricia Winkler
    Principal, Lima South Science-Technology Magnet
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    Although our gym can be quite chaotic during the Badges for Baseball program, it has been rewarding to see the kids practice sportsmanship and leadership during games. I've had multiple students ask me, ‘Can we come back every day?’ It's questions like those that make all the chaos worthwhile.

    Carrie Marsh
    Mentor, Y of Central Maryland
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