Badges for Baseball

Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies use baseball to teach life lessons, leadership to Boys & Girls Club members

August 21, 2010
  • Sheriff Douglas Mullendore and several deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Office are pictured with members of the Boys and Girls Club of Washigton County at the final session of the Badges for Baseball program.
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Deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Office used baseball to help children from the Boys & Girls Club develop leadership skills, bond to their community and have lots of fun this summer.

"Badges for Baseball was a huge hit with our kids and a very innovative approach to youth development," said Matt Krantz, unit director of the Boys & Girls Club on Pennsylvania Avenue. "Our kids were excited to have the deputies come in and spend time with them. The deputies did a lot more than just teach baseball as they demonstrated to the club members the importance of caring for our community, how to respect each other and the importance of having good character."

Four deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Office became frequent contributors to the Boys & Girls Club programs on Pennsylvania Avenue and at the Frederick Manor Public Housing Community.

Deputies worked with the staff of the Boys & Girls Club to implement the nationally known "Badges for Baseball" program promoted by the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation.


Sheriff Doug Mullendore obtained a grant through the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation to initiate this program.

Each week, Boys & Girls Club members participated in character development activities based on the book "The Ripken Way."

The sessions explored real-life adolescent scenarios and how best to navigate this challenging time in a young person's life.

After the group sessions, the participants moved into the baseball component of the program under the direction of the deputies.

"The Washington County Sheriff's Office was very pleased to partner with the Boys & Girls Club to offer such a successful program to our local youth," Mullendore said.

"The Sheriff's Office is committed to sponsoring programs that will reinforce the core values to our youth and help them become good citizens of our community."

One of the many highlights of the program was a trip to Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, Md. Deputies, club staff and club members travelled to Aberdeen and took part in baseball drills, met youth from across the state and heard from mentors promoting positive life choices.

The Boys & Girls Club serves children at seven locations in Washington County. For more information, go to or call 301-733-5422.

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