Badges for Baseball
This Saturday, 4/16/2011, the Fayetteville Police Department will participate for the third year in a row in the "Badges for Baseball" program started by the Cal Ripkin Sr. Foundation. The first pitch will be thrown out by Chief Tom Bergamine at 9 am at Ponderosa Elementary. There are currently 5 teams, with more than 65 children being coached by officers and detectives.
Chief Bergamine believes Badges for Baseball is an excellent community policing initiative. "Badges for Baseball is more than just learning about baseball, it is about learning valuable life skills through an academic program," said Chief Bergamine. "This is the 2nd year that we have had 5 teams participating in the program. It is an event that we look forward to every year."
The program enables kids to see Police Officers in a different light. It can be easy to forget sometimes the pressures that our children face everyday in their lives. To coin a Ripken Foundation Phrase, this is not about making big league ball players, but making big league citizens.
Please join us this weekend as we cheer on the players and kick off another rewarding season of baseball. You can learn more about the program "Badges for Baseball" by visiting the website for the Cal Ripkin Sr Foundation at: http://www.ripkenfoundation.org/badges.php
If you are interested in covering the event, call Gavin MacRoberts at (910) 322-4341.