Forest County Potawatomi Foundation Pledges $25,000 to Support Inner-City Youth Baseball Initiative

MILWAUKEE - The Forest County Potawatomi Foundation (FCPC) presented a $25,000 grant to the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation Thursday to promote Badges for Baseball, a crime prevention program designed to pair law enforcement professionals as baseball coaches and mentors with at-risk youth in Milwaukee.

Participants will learn the basics of baseball and softball while taking part in the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation's character development program, Healthy Choices, Healthy Children.

"Getting children involved in positive, character-building activities addresses one of our core principals," said Forest County Potawatomi Foundation Acting Director Kaye Garcia. "Badges for Baseball is strengthening communities across the country, and here in Milwaukee. The Forest County Potawatomi is proud to participate with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and Attorney General Van Hollen to make this happen."

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen's office awarded a $100,000 gift in 2009 to help launch the program at seven community-based organizations in Milwaukee. In 2010 the program was again supported by Attorney General Van Hollen and the Department of Justice to sustain the Milwaukee program and expanded to include two sites in the Appleton area.