Maroon PR’s longtime client, Cal Ripken, Jr. was honored by The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and received its “Great Americans” medal.  The newly minted medal signifies a lifetime of contributions that embody American ideals and ideas.  It was also announced that the museum has acquired and will display a collection of items from Ripken’s career that were donated by Thomas Tull, a museum board member.

Ripken is working to grow the game of baseball at the grassroots level. In addition to the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, his business, Ripken Baseball operates three youth baseball complexes called “The Ripken Experience.” The first is in his hometown of Aberdeen with others in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

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The “Great Americans” medal is presented annually to up to four recipients and includes an interview with the awardee moderated by David M. Rubenstein, chair of the Smithsonian’s Board of Regents.  Past recipients include Colin Powell, Madeline Albright and Ted Koppel.  Ripken became the fourth person to receive the medal and the first athlete recipient.

Maroon PR worked closely with the National Museum of American History team to provide event support, press management and social media strategy.

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