We completed our 10th summer of Badges for Baseball, and I had a great time. I want to thank all of my law enforcement volunteers who were able to make it out to a practice or scrimmage: Jason, Scott, Dan, and Megan from the Fox Crossing Police Department; Chris from the Menasha Police Department; Vicki, Rob, Clint, Stu, Aaron, Ashley, and Sam from the Neenah Police Department. Thank you for the work you do to keep your respective communities safe and for making a positive impact on the youth participants. To my adult volunteer, Todd. You have been my right hand man with this program since you started volunteering in 2012 and I appreciate everything you’ve done to help make this program run smoothly. To my high school assistants: Andre, Anna, Bella, Caleb, Chloe, Dayton, Kayla, Maddie, and Stacy. You were all excellent role models for the program participants and allowed me to get a lot of things accomplished this summer that would not have been possible without your attendance week after week. To my #1 assistant, Kennedy – each time I asked you to do something, even when it pulled you out of your comfort zone, you said yes. I am grateful for the dedication you have shown the Badges for Baseball program since 2012, both as a participant as well as an assistant. To all of the family members who came out to support their own sons/daughters, brothers/sisters, grandchildren, and friends. The support you show does much more than you can ever imagine. Thank you for showing up week after week to cheer on a great group of kids. To all of my youth participants. I want to thank each of you for the effort you put in every time you stepped on the field, your willingness to learn and step outside your comfort zone, and for the support you showed each of your teammates. It was an honor to be your coach and it was a joy to watch you having so much fun playing this game that I love. Lastly, to the five youth who earned the opportunity to enjoy the “Wisconsin Camp Experience.” Joel, Justin, Landon, McKenzie, and Vinny: you were leaders on your respective teams and excellent examples of what people your age are capable of when you put 100% effort into the task at hand. You are role models for your peers, the high school assistants, adult volunteer, law enforcement volunteers, and me. Thank you.
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!