Reaching Out at the Ballpark

Dsc_5676_dream_fact_1Lots going on around here lately…even off the playing field.

While the players prepared to face the Twins and the White Sox – with one to play against Chicago on Tuesday – we prepared for a variety of different community-related events that kept us pretty busy. Here’s a brief summary (and some photos!) of all the happenings that have been going on around Kauffman Stadium.

FRIDAY:
We all helped the players in honoring the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the baseball color barrier. The actual date that MLB recognizes was April 15, but we were rained out in Baltimore then. So, we brought the celebration home for the fans. If you were at Friday’s game – and there was A LOT of you out here! – then you probably saw Reggie Sanders and Emil Brown suiting up in the No. 42 uniform to commemorate the occasion. Both jerseys are going to MLB to be put in an auction to raise money for the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

Prior to the Royals game against Minnesota on Friday, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund – a supporter of the Royals Charities Baseball Equipment Drive – donated $5,000 to Della Lamb Youth Services.

SUNDAY:
A parade of children associated with the Dream Factory program took a lap around the warning track prior to the Royals final game against the Twins. It’s the 15th anniversary of the Royals partnership with Dream Factory in Kansas City. Dsc_5685_umpires_2Look for the first Dream Factory night to take place Wednesday, May 2.

Our umpires for the weekend series – Rob Drake, Laz Diaz, John Hirschbeck and Bill Welke – hosted some guests from the local Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter as part of BLUE for Kids, Inc., a  program designed to manage the community outreach efforts of the participating MLB Umpires. The umps invited the children and mentors down onto the field prior to first pitch on Sunday.

No Sunday is complete without another great honorary lineup! This past Sunday’s ranked as one of the best we’ve had in a long time…just ask Reggie Sanders, who couldn’t stop smiling with his kid!Dsc_5838_reggie_close

MONDAY:
The 2007 Baseball Equipment Drive went off without a hitch on Monday! We are still waiting to get final numbers back on the goods, but it looks like the Royals Charities volunteers and Royals Wives collected a lot for Della Lamp Youth Services…

DON’T FORGET ON TUESDAY:
It’s T-Shirt Tuesday at the ballpark! If you are headed out to the game, get here early so you can pick up your Mark Teahen No. 24 jersey (first 20,000 fans).

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