The Badges for Baseball program showed signs of returning to normal this summer. The number of participants climbed closer to a typical year and we planned one Friday event between the two squads from Menasha and Neenah (unfortunately it got rained out). As always, we had great support from the police departments in Neenah, Menasha, and Fox Crossing. Thank you to all of the law enforcement officers who were able to make it out to one, or more, of the weekly practices and the Friday event! Thanks to the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation for giving us the grant to facilitate the program. Thanks to all of the high school assistants who made my job a little bit easier: Alex, Autumn, Grayson, Landon, Josh, Andre, Dayton, and Leo. Thanks to my two adult assistants, Kennedy and Todd, your support is greatly appreciated. Thank you to the 48 youth who signed up and took part throughout the summer. It was great to see the effort put forth each time you came to a weekly practice, oftentimes in some pretty warm conditions. I hope you learned something about the game of baseball. More importantly, though, I hope you learned something about yourself that you can build on and take with you into the upcoming school year and beyond.
In February 2015, Youth Go mentor Alex Steward and Program Supervisor Timothy Chappa were honored to attend the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation Aspire Gala event in Baltimore. Read more about the event.
In February 2017, former Youth Go and Badges for Baseball participant Tristain Prosper was selected as the very first Ripken Scholar Award winner!