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November/December 2004  
Volume III Number 6   
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      J. Robert Flores
  OJJDP Administrator


Keeping Kids in the Game and Out of Trouble

Photos of students from the Benjamin Orr Elementary School of Washington, DC, participating in a baseball camp organized by the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. The Office of Justice Programs sponsors the Orr School as part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Partners in Education Program.Research suggests that children who regularly attend high-quality afterschool programs tend to have better peer relations and emotional adjustment, better grades and conduct in school, and more academic and enrichment opportunities. They also spend less time watching television and have lower incidences of drug use, violence, and pregnancy. Programs that provide supervised recreation address risk factors for delinquency, such as alienation and association with delinquent or violent peers, and introduce several protective factors, including skills for leisure activities and opportunities to become involved with prosocial youth and adults. This article highlights several OJJDP-supported athletic and recreational programs that strive to prevent delinquency and foster prosocial values.

The nonprofit Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation was founded in 2001 by members of the Ripken family in memory of their father Cal, Sr., long-time coach and manager of the Baltimore Orioles. The foundation supports baseball and softball programs and facilities that have a positive impact on disadvantaged youth. Its mission is to use baseball to help young people develop character traits such as leadership, teamwork, and good sportsmanship and to promote a healthy lifestyle. The foundation benefits thousands of youth annually through a variety of community efforts. Its programs use “The Ripken Way” instructional methods to teach valuable life lessons and provide a life-changing experience for youth. For more information, visit www.ripkenfoundation.org.

The mission of The First Tee, an initiative of the World Golf Foundation, is to improve the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf. The program makes it possible for youth from all walks of life to learn a game that can be played for a lifetime. An essential part of the program is life-skills training—integrated with athletic instruction—that teaches youth values such as honesty, integrity, and sportsmanship. The First Tee program is overseen and supported by representatives from the Ladies Professional Golf Association, PGA of America, PGA TOUR, United States Golf Association, and the Augusta National Golf Club. Former President George H.W. Bush serves as Honorary Chairman. For more information, visit www.thefirsttee.org.

Through the National Association of Midnight Basketball Leagues, OJJDP supports No Workshops, No Jump Shots programs in Gary, IN, and Richmond, VA. These programs use a combination of workshops and athletics to reduce truancy, improve academic performance, and prevent delinquency among at-risk youth ages 13–18. Youth attend structured workshops geared toward developing leadership skills and preventing violence. As a reward for attending the workshops, youth can take part in weekly sports events designed to reinforce interpersonal skills, teamwork, violence prevention, and conflict resolution—while giving participants a chance to have fun.

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, and the Office for Victims of Crime.

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