12:36 p.m. January 30, 2017
Cal Ripken, Jr., Bill Ripken and Jennie Finch to headline 2017 Tournament Ambassador Series
Ripken Baseball announced its celebrity ambassador speaker series lineup for the 2017 tournament season at The Ripken Experience youth baseball/softball complexes located in Maryland, South Carolina and Tennessee. The Ripken Baseball tournament ambassador series will offer week-long participants the opportunity to meet baseball and softball legends, including Cal Ripken, Bill Ripken and Jennie Finch, and hear stories and life lessons based on their professional experiences.
Ripken field in Pigeon Forge. Image by Jeaneane Payne.
“We are so grateful and excited to have an iconic group of respected veterans serve as our tournament ambassadors this season,” said John Bramlette, Ripken Baseball Executive Vice President of Amateur Baseball. “Any chance to learn from legends of the game is a big league opportunity for the kids, coaches and their families.”
In addition to the Ripken brothers and Finch, Big League notables slated to make appearances at one or more complexes this summer include Baseball Hall of Famers Eddie Murray and Roberto Alomar, in addition to 3x World Series champion Tim Raines and 5x Gold Glover Dale Murphy. U.S. Gold Medalist Jennie Finch will work closely with youth softball participants at The Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach in July.
Below is a schedule of ambassador appearances at each of The Ripken Experience complexes:
July 9: Blue Crab Tournament BILL RIPKEN
July 12: Blue Crab Tournament CAL RIPKEN, JR.
The Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
June 18: Summer Slam Tournament BILL RIPKEN
June 25: Beach Blast Tournament EDDIE MURRAY
July 2: Tidal Wave Tournament CAL RIPKEN, JR.
July 9: Surfs Up Tournament DALE MURPHY
July 16: Big Kahuna Tournament TIM RAINES
July 23: Throw Like A Girl Tournament JENNIE FINCH
August 6: Hang Ten Tournament ROBERTO ALOMAR
The Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
June 12: Smoky Mountain Tournament BILL RIPKEN
June 19: Iron Forge Tournament ROBERTO ALOMAR
June 26: Eight-State Tournament EDDIE MURRAY
July 10: Volunteer Tournament DALE MURPHY
July 17: Gold Rush Tournament TIM RAINES
July 24: Big Orange Tournament CAL RIPKEN, JR.
The Ripken Experience youth baseball/softball complexes provide the best in class tournament experiences to a wide range of age groups and ability levels, as well as family destination options beyond the ballfield. Each complex features state-of-the-art playing fields with designs mimicking iconic and historic professional ballparks throughout the country. The Ripken Experience Aberdeen powered by Under Armour, located in the hometown of the Ripken family, features six signature fields, modeled after current Major League ballparks including Cal Sr’s Yard, a two-thirds replica of Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Ripken Experience Myrtle is the ultimate family beach-vacation destination. Steps from the warm Atlantic Ocean water, the complex features 9 youth and regulation sized ballfields that accommodate youth, high school, college and softball play. Opened in 2016, The Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge includes six lighted youth turf fields, of which each field includes its own set of batting cages, bullpens, scoreboard, and a picturesque front porch view of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Week-long tournaments are available now. For more information, please visit www.ripkenbaseball.com/tournaments or call 1-888-779-2969.
Published January 30, 2017