Badges for Baseball

Due to COVID-19, the launch of this program has been delayed until 2021.

In Fort Wayne this summer (2020) kids and police officers will join forces to play baseball and build positive connections with each other. 

It will be part of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation’s Badges for Baseball program, coming to Fort Wayne thanks to a partnership of World Baseball Academy, Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and Indiana Sports Corp.

About 100 kids and police officers will play and learn together this June and July on one of the new diamonds at World Baseball Academy’s ASH Centre. The Badges for Baseball program, created in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice, pairs at-risk youth with law enforcement mentors, using team sports to teach valuable life lessons.

Created to deter juvenile delinquency, Badges for Baseball targets America’s most vulnerable youth, including those in low-income families and single-parent homes, children of parents on active military duty, and youth with disabilities. Equally important, Badges helps repair contentious relationships between youth and law enforcement.

To learn more please email Melinda Petersen at