It was a great summer of Badges for Baseball in 2022, and there are plenty of people who deserve credit for the success. First, Mother Nature cooperated for much of the summer and only caused one cancellation in June. The participants brought a willingness to learn, as well as a lot of enthusiasm and determination to succeed each week in both Menasha and Neenah. We had a few familiar faces from law enforcement (Jeremy from Neenah, Chris from Menasha, and Jason & Dan from Fox Crossing), as well as some new friends joining the Badges for Baseball family (Joe & Nate from Neenah PD and Matt from Menasha PD). Our two adult volunteers (Todd and Andre) certainly made the summer go by much more smoothly than it would have if I didn’t have them there. The high school assistants who helped (Alex, Landon, Grayson, Dayton, Margaret, and Tony) made the summer a lot of fun. Kelsie was there to lend a hand the entire summer, as well. She started the summer with no baseball experience and finished a seasoned pro, and made my job a lot easier. Finally, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers helped to finish our summer off in style at the Friday event on August 26. Year 13 was a memorable one!
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!