Cal Ripken Wows Crowd At Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club Distinguished Speaker Event

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Baseball's legendary "Iron Man" Cal Ripken wowed members at Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club's Distinguished Speaker event with tales from his career and information about the powerful work being done to help America's youth through the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. A fascinating and fun filled glimpse in to the life of one of the country's greatest players.

On Monday evening, February 20, 2012 Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club presented Cal Ripken as the featured speaker in their ongoing Distinguished Speaker series. Speaking to a crowd of 150 Members Ripken, known as the “Iron Man” of baseball for holding the record for consecutive games played, was introduced by Club Member Senator Francis X. Kelly, who described the athlete turned philanthropist this way: “Cal Ripken is the real deal. He cares so much about our young people and wants to pass on what he learned from his father to as many of our youth as possible.” Ripken is achieving this end through the not-for-profit Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation which works in conjunction with Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA’s and Police Athletic Leagues around the nation to build synthetic athletic fields to serve at-risk children. In addition to highlighting the foundation, Ripken, an accomplished and sought after public speaker, also spoke about the character traits he believes contributed to his phenomenal success on the baseball diamond, noting that “Having the right attitude and being passionate about what you do were the keys for me.”

He also treated the audience to a number of entertaining and interesting stories from his playing days, recounting that for a period of time he actually called the pitches to be thrown, signaling the catcher who would in turn signal the pitcher, emphasizing that he saw this as an opportunity to increase his contribution to the team. In the end, it isn’t merely talent that has made Cal Ripken great, but his desire, always, to contribute.

To view video of the event visit Orchid Island is a private, gated residential community of gracious waterfront and golf course homes that features an award winning Arnold Palmer golf course, intimate Beach Club, miles of unspoiled beaches and world class amenities including gourmet dining, a luxurious full service spa and more. Their ongoing Distinguished Speaker series is only one dimension of their diverse and exciting social calendar. The next speaker to be featured will be Mr. Tom Villante, the founding director of the Jackie Robinson Foundation and creator and producer of the highly acclaimed “Baseball Fever. Catch It” TV/Radio Marketing campaign. To find out more about the community and their amenities, opportunities and upcoming events, visit or contact Membership Director, Jackie Kennedy at 772-581-1011 or jkennedy(at)orchidislandclub(dot)com


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