Cal Ripken Jr., baseball’s “Iron Man,” understands the power of perseverance. His consecutive-games-played record – which shattered Lou Gehrig’s streak of 2,131 games by more than 500 – is just one example of the dedication and work ethic that make him a role model.
In this inspirational keynote, Ripken will share stories from his 21-season career and illustrate how leadership, teamwork and perseverance are crucial to success in baseball as well as in business.
Cal Ripken Jr., baseball’s “Iron Man,” broke several professional baseball records during his 21 seasons, but none is as sacred as his consecutive-games-played record. Shattering Lou Gehrig’s streak of 2,131 games by more than 500, Ripken displayed perseverance, endurance, and an everyday work ethic that endeared him to fans, transformed him into a national icon — and some argue, even saved baseball at its darkest moment.
In 2011, Ripken was named as a special envoy for the U.S. State Department, promoting teamwork and cross-cultural communication to Japan. Working with then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to fulfill her mission of diplomacy and unity through sports, he visited tsunami- and earthquake-ravaged towns and ran baseball camps. He is also the author of numerous books on sports and parenting, plus a children’s book series co-written with Kevin Cowherd, columnist from The Baltimore Sun.
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