Cal Ripken Jr. is baseball’s modern day ironman. Known for a Herculean work ethic that allowed him to play in a record 2,632 consecutive games, he helped revive the game after a bitter strike. Ripken’s foundation seeks to help disadvantaged children through baseball and softball programs.
In 2010 alone, the charity took in more than $8 million, allowing it partner with cities from Maryland to Texas to build Youth Development Parks, which are designed to give young people a safe place to play. These multipurpose low maintenance facilities are designed to provide a cohesive recreational and educational experience for children, particularly in poor communities. The new parks will be shared with youth-serving organizations and leagues providing a safe place for kids to play and learn.