15th annual “Badges for Baseball” program begins at Springfield Boys and Girls Club

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Inner-city youth and law enforcement officials bonded over baseball this morning.

The Hampden County Sheriff’s Department held it’s 15th annual “Badges for Baseball” jamboree at the Springfield Boys and Girls Club.

“Badges for Baseball” is an 8 week program designed to teach children the fundamentals of baseball while also integrating important life skills.

This year seven Sheriff’s Department staff worked as coaches and over 30 children participated.

Patrick Dooney, the director of the program, told 22News the program gives the kids a chance to learn multiple things, “It’s a great opportunity for kids to play, learn the game of baseball and it also gives them the one on one approach with law enforcement. It helps show kids that we’re the good guys.”

Equipment for the program is provided by the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation.

Fifteen children from Springfield and Holyoke will attend the Cal Ripken Baseball camp in Maryland this August

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