THE CAL RIPKEN, SR. FOUNDATION, SARASOTA POLICE DEPARTMENT AND BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF SARASOTA COUNTY TO CELEBRATE PARTNERSHIP
$5,000 Donation from Police Department to Bring Rachel’s Challenge Anti-Bullying Event to the Sarasota Community on Wednesday, December 3
Club of Sarasota County, will host an event with Rachel’s Challenge, a national non-profit organization dedicated to creating safe, connected school environments. Thanks to a generous $5,000 donation from the Sarasota Police Department, the anti-bullying program will focus on encouraging participants to reflect on their impact on the people around them, and prompting them to start their own chain reaction of kindness and compassion, which positively affects school climate.
"The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation is thrilled to expand its presence in the state of Florida by working with the Sarasota Police Department and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County," said Cal Ripken, Jr., Co-Founder of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. "With Rachel’s Challenge and their anti-bullying program, as well as Badges for Baseball, we are proud to continue to help improve the lives of millions of at-risk youth nationwide."
The Rachel’s Challenge anti-bullying program will be held at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex from 6:30-8:30pm on December 3. The event is free and space is limited to the first 200 guests; recommended audience is for ages 12 and up. Sarasota Police Department Officers who volunteered their time to participate in the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation’s Badges for Baseball program at the Roy McBean Boys & Girls Club will be present at the evening public event along with youth with whom they worked. Earlier in the day a Rachel’s Challenge anti-bullying program will be held at the Booker High School and McBean Boys & Girls Club.
Specific event questions may be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rachel's Challenge hosts a series of student empowering, educator motivating programs that equip students and adults to create and sustain safe, caring and supportive learning environments essential for academic achievement. The programs are based on the writings and life of 17 year-old Rachel Scott who was the first student killed at Columbine High School in 1999. Rachel left a legacy of reaching out to those who were different, who were picked on by others, or who were new at her school.
"We’re excited to continue our partnership policing in the City of Sarasota by joining forces with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and the Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota County," said Chief Bernadette DiPino of the Sarasota Police Department. "It’s our hope that our community will attend the Rachel’s Challenge Anti-Bullying event and continue to work with the Sarasota Police Department, as well as our community partners, to keep Sarasota a safe place to live, work and play."
In April 2014, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, the Sarasota Police Department and Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County officially partnered to bring its Badges for Baseball program to local, at-risk youth. Badges for Baseball was created by the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice. It’s a simple concept: pair police and kids together to play and learn. The program reshapes the relationship between law enforcement and children living in
underserved communities across the country. In 2014, the Ripken Foundation will serve more than 800,000 youth across America through the Badges for Baseball program and its Youth Development Park initiative.
"We are thrilled that our relationship with the Sarasota Police Department and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation has grown, and as a result, we have the ability host this incredible event with Rachel’s Challenge," said Bill Sadlo, President and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota.
The Ripken Foundation has a presence in additional locations throughout Florida, including Naples and Tampa – Naples is currently home to Baker Field, which plays host to numerous Badges for Baseball programs throughout the year, and in 2015, Tampa will also become home to one of the Foundation’s 50 Youth Development Parks built across the country. The goal of the Youth Development Park initiative is to develop several unique, multi-purpose, low maintenance fields with synthetic turf that will provide a cohesive recreational and educational experience for underserved young people across the United States. The Ripken Foundation has completed 34 Youth Development Parks in 13 states, and has over 18 projects currently in the works, all in effort to give kids clean and safe places to play and learn.
About the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation
The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation uses baseball- and softball-themed programs to help build character and teach critical life lessons to underserved youth residing in America’s most distressed communities. Founded in 2001 by members of the Ripken family in memory of their patriarch Cal, Sr., the Foundation works to create programs that positively impact at-risk youth through active community partnerships with America’s most successful youth service organizations. The Ripken Foundation uses the baseball and softball field to help teach life’s critical lessons such as perseverance, loyalty, nutrition, hard work and leadership to young people residing in disadvantaged communities. The Ripken Foundation has impacted over 1 million kids nationwide through its Youth Development Park initiative and Badges for Baseball programming, since 2001.
About Rachel’s Challenge
Rachel’s Challenge is a national non-profit organization dedicated to creating safe, connected school environments. The organization hosts a series of student empowering, educator motivating programs that equip students and adults to create and sustain safe, caring and supportive learning environments essential for academic achievement. The programs are based on the writings and life of 17 year-old Rachel Scott who was the first student killed at Columbine High School in 1999. Rachel left a legacy of reaching out to those who were different, who were picked on by others, or who were new at her school.
About The Sarasota Police Department
The Sarasota Police Department utilizes a proactive, intelligence led law enforcement strategy to prevent and reduce crime. Our mission: Professional, dedicated police service in partnership with our community. For more information about our department, visit www.sarasotapd.org.
About The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County provides a world-class Club experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who walks through our doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County (BGCSC) provide after-school and summer programs for more than 5,500 children and youth ages 6-18 with Clubs spread strategically throughout Sarasota County.