Together, the Ripken Foundation and the League of Dreams help make athletics and afterschool programming available to special needs children. In 2019, the Ripken Foundation completed 22 Adaptive Clinics impacting over 1,013 children.
In January, the Ripken Foundation and League of Dreams partnered with the University of Maryland (UMD) baseball team to host an adaptive clinic at Cole Field House, College Park for the special needs children of the Children’s Guild schools. The day was filled with fun drills and scrimmages led by the UMD baseball team and special guests, including, Rob Vaughn, Terrapins’ head baseball coach, staff, and Terp baseball alumni, Adam Kolarek of the LA Dodgers, and Mike Bordick, Orioles Hall of Famer.
League of Dreams President, Frank Kolarek, father of special guest, Adam Kolarek, also joined the fun.
“We take every event that we do and provide the highest quality that we can for our children,” said Kolarek. “To be in Cole Field House with the Maryland baseball team and children in the community who may have never been able to see this place, it doesn't get much better. We're excited and thankful to be here."
At the Ripken Foundation, we believe that all kids should be given the opportunity to learn life lessons of teamwork and healthy living through playing sports.