Friday, January 28, 2022

Cal Ripkin Sr. Foundation teaches Boys & Girls Club of Collier County youth the game of baseball



Twenty youth and three chaperones from the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County recently attended the Cal Ripkin Sr. Foundation (CSRF) baseball camp in Aberdeen.

The CRSF overnight camp attendees are deserving youth ages 10-14 from throughout the country, who join together to learn baseball and develop life-long character traits that will help build great futures. This once-in-a-lifetime experience is made possible through a grant partnership with Naples Children & Education Foundation, founders of the Naples Winter Wine Festival.

Their camp begins with daily baseball instruction and activities followed by rope courses, special law enforcement presentations and intramural coach games. Night time activities include thought- provoking discussions with CRSF staff and journal entry. The CRSF programs are designed to teach life- building lessons such as teamwork, leadership, respect, communication, good decision making and forming good habits. Cal Ripkin Sr’s philosophy that “everything you do in baseball you do in life, and everything in life you do in baseball” is at the heart of the experience for all the attendees.

“For most of our youth, this is the first time they are stepping foot on an airplane or even traveling outside the state of Florida,” said Paul Schultz, Vice President of Operations at the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County. “I am excited and grateful for this opportunity given to our youth and look forward to seeing the difference this camp makes on their lives.”

The CRSF attendees will continue building their skills and experience from the CRSF camp on Baker Field located at the main Boys & Girls Club of Collier County campus. Baker Field was built in collaboration with the Cal Ripkin Foundation and is a state of the art youth sports complex used as a safe place to play sports and participate in character and leadership programs.

The Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF) is committed to supporting charitable programs that improve the physical, emotional and educational lives of underprivileged and at-risk

children in Collier County Its primary fundraiser, the Naples Winter Wine Festival, is the largest global event of its kind, and has raised in excess of $123 million in its first 14 years for annual grants to 42 beneficiary organizations and seven strategic initiatives.

The Boys & Girls Club of Collier County (BGCCC) is a non-profit, youth development organization, which annually serves 3,000 of the most at-risk children and teens in Collier County. The Club provides a safe, positive place where local youth can acquire: academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. The Boys & Girls Club is dedicated to its mission, which is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. To learn more about the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County or to arrange a tour, call 239-325-1700 or visit

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