Cal Ripken Jr. to Lead Sports Clinic at JCC

 Cal Ripkin Jr. (Kingkongphoto &

Beloved Baltimore Oriole and Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. comes to the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC on March 13 for a free event called Preparing for Greatness.

The event, part of the JCC’s partnership with LifeBridge Health called “Living Well at the J,” includes an hour-long sports clinic in which kids between grades 6 and 12 will split into groups and have a chance to learn from Ripken and his team from Ripken Baseball, a baseball development camp for teams, players and coaches based in Aberdeen, Maryland.

“Cal will actually work with every teen at one of the stations,” said Rebecca Chinsky, senior director of recreation and Maccabi for the JCC. “Cal wanted to make sure he was doing something with the teens as part of this event.”

According to Chinsky, the sports clinic has filled up, but spaces remain available for the event’s second hour, a panel discussion with Ripken, former Baltimore Ravens linebacker and Super Bowl champion Brad Jackson and local U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Famer Mark Greenberg. The athletes will answer questions about how to best prepare for the physical, mental and emotional elements of playing sports.

“The three of them are highly accomplished in their own rights,” said Robyn Talesnik, community wellness coordinator for LifeBridge Health. “They will be talking about how they achieved greatness on the field, but more importantly they’re going to talk about what it takes off the field. Proper training, taking care of your body, your diet. All of the thing you do off the field that prepare you for greatness on the field.”

To register for the event, visit

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