"This event has grown and grown over the years," Ripken said. "It's a wonderful celebration of the Cal Ripken League. We look at is as giving kids experiences, through the [tournament at] Myrtle Beach, through our camps, and here, and this is just the ultimate experience, because you're playing against world talent. You get to meet kids from all over the world, all over the country, and they come here in search of a championship, but I don't play up the championship part of it. We want them to come here and play hard, play well, but enjoy the experience. The opportunity you have here, you're going to look back on and say, 'I got a chance to meet kids from Japan, Korea, Mexico. I got a chance to see how other kids who love baseball play the game, some of their techniques. So, it's a wonderful opportunity for the kids, and I think that's what we try to emphasize, because they're not going to remember who won, I think they're going to remember the things that happened during this event."