Measuring Our Impact

Since its inception in 2001, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation has reached more than 1.2 million young people in communities across all 50 states and beyond. This includes the over 465,000 kids to date who have access to one of our 100 completed Youth Development Parks.

Along with our partners and corporate sponsors, we achieve impressive results and touch more young lives every year.     

2020 Impact Results: 

  • Over 1.2 million kids served in 41 states, Washington, D.C., Curacao, Dominican Republic, Panama, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • 242 youth partners and law enforcement agencies engaged in 500 cities/towns
  • 291,201 youth reached by Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation Online Portal
  • 13,826 kids impacted in 12 states and Washington, D.C. through the in-person and virtual models of the
    Badges for Baseball program
  • 2,743 coaches, law enforcement officers, teachers, volunteers, and other mentors
  • 15 Ripken Live virtual sessions and 83 Playbook lessons impacting 5,392 kids with the help 371 youth
    mentors in 14 states and Washington, D.C.
  • 2,464 kids and 131 mentors participated in Virtual Fitness program in 17 states.
  • 80 fully operational mobile STEM Centers in 15 states impacting 38,000 youth with the help of 1,323 youth mentors and teachers 
  • Over 10,000 At-Home STEM Kits distributed in 16 states.


Measuring Up 

In a 2016-2018 study, University of Michigan researchers found that youth at 14 Badges for Baseball program sites are highly likely to experience positive youth development because of their participation. 

Researchers compared 274 Badges for Baseball participants with 211 participants in other exemplary after-school youth enrichment programs. The key results revealed significant improvement among Badges participants for 14 measured outcomes:  

  • Empathy skills
  • Social competence
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Peer support
  • Academic competence
  • Self-worth
  • Personal values
  • Community engagement
  • Leadership ability
  • Perceptions of substance use risk
  • Aggressive behavior
  • School disciplinary actions
  • Positive Beliefs about Police
  • Life Satisfaction

Notably, Badges for Baseball participants improved at a significantly faster rate than their counterparts on reports of personal values, including personal commitments to be ethical, honest, hard-working, and responsible. 

We remain committed to evaluating our efforts, making refinements, and sharing what works with the youth development community. 


Building Stronger Communities Together 

More than 15,000 people in nine cities benefited from the Team8Tour, in partnership with UnitedHealthcare and Do Good.Live Well. 

Among many notable achievements, our volunteer teams: 

  • Supported 10 high schools/community organizations.
  • Built or renovated 22,000+ square feet of fitness, outdoor, and nutrition spaces.
  • 1,300 meals and take-home kits
  • Impacted over 15,000 students, families, volunteers, teachers, and coaches.
Community enhancement project through the Team8 Tour
Community enhancement project through the Team8 Tour