Role Model Behind the Voice
Anyone who knows Royals broadcaster Ryan Lefebvre, knows he always has plenty to talk about.
And, since he calls 162 regular season Royals games a year, plus a few warm-ups in Spring Training, it’s probably a good thing he does!
Entering his ninth season behind the Royals microphone, Ryan has a voice that easily brings the play from the field into your living room or car. However, for the kids of Greater Kansas City, it isn’t just Ryan’s broadcaster voice that has them impressed.
On Wednesday, the kids from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kansas City voted Ryan as the 2007 Role Model of the Year! More than 150 youth and supporters of the program presented Ryan with the award. According to the award description, the Role Model of the Year is bestowed to an individual who maintains a high profile in the community and serves as a positive example for youth through his or her responsible actions. The person also demonstrates ongoing care and concern for area youth through his/her strong support of community-based organizations. Yup, sounds like our Ryan!
Many already know this, but if you don’t, Ryan has gotten to know the kids of the Boys and Girls Club through casual visits to the clubs and his support of the Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities (RBI). In 2001, he launched the Gloves for Kids program, which has raised more than $50,000 to provide new baseball gloves for Kansas City area youth and is mimicked by several other MLB teams. Taking it even further, Ryan worked to send youth from the Club to the Sheridan Arts Camp in Telluride, Col., providing an experience they otherwise would not be able to have.
“I’ve won awards for playing baseball or broadcasting and those all have to do with your body or your mind,” commented Ryan, who was obviously humbled by the award. “However, this is the only time I’ve been awarded with something to do with the heart.”
He went on to reiterate a message he has delivered several times in his talks with Club kids. “Don’t ever stop believing in yourself,” he instructed.
In addition to Ryan’s award, the Royals received the Club Champions Recognition for their support of RBI throughout the year.
Way to go, Ryan!