February 2010

Sign up now for "Royals Fans Got Talent"


D2X_3777.jpg Do you have what it takes to perform in front of 38,000 Kansas City Royals fans?  If the answer is yes, then this is the time to sign up for Royals Fans Got Talent.  The Kansas City Royals are on the search to find talented individuals who can perform a breath-taking National Anthem and individuals who have the talent to entertain the fans pre-game and between innings.  If you have the skills to WOW the fans with your talent then come out to audition for Royals Fans Got Talent (link). 

DSC02739.JPGEach participant will be given a maximum of two minutes to perform his or her talent, including all set-up and break-down of all materials needed for the performance.  No pyrotechnics or offensive/volatile/harmful materials will be allowed at the audition.   Each participant will be performing on a volunteer basis and understands that no compensation will be paid in connection with his/her participation.  Each participant must submit a completed, accurate and duly signed Application and Release Form.

Auditions will be held at Kauffman Stadium on Saturday, March 6th, 2010.  Check-in will begin at 9:00am, and auditions will begin at 10:00am.  Make sure to fill out all the necessary paperwork to ensure your spot.  We look forward to seeing your talent!

Follow this link to sign up: 


Ryan Lefebvre speaks out about depression in The Shame of Me

Shame of Me DJ Final cropped.jpgThose of us in media relations at the Royals see Ryan Lefebvre on a regular basis throughout the baseball season.  He’s in the dugout for Trey Hillman’s media session, in the press club for a pregame meal and we pass by the television booth once in a while.  Ryan is always having a great time and is frequently engaged in a conversation – it could be with the visiting broadcasters or someone that he knows through his father’s baseball career.  The guy seems to have everything:  charisma, intelligence, success.  When you see Ryan at Kauffman Stadium, you would never expect that he had a struggle with Major Depressive Disorder in 2005.  

Ryan first spoke out about his depression in an article for the Kansas City Star at the beginning of the 2006 season.  Now, he has detailed his experiences in The Shame of Me:  One Man’s Journey to Depression and Back, which is co-authored by award-winning sports reporter and columnist Jeffrey Flanagan.

Ryan e-mailed us recently and said that there are many books available on MDD, but most are written by medical, psychological and social professionals.  Few have been written from the actual patient’s point of view.  He believes that his story is for “anyone who might suffer from depression, social anxiety disorder, or just trying to figure out why life doesn’t seem to be working out like he or she had planned.”  The Shame of Me is also a resource for someone who has a loved one dealing with the challenges of depression.

We just started reading The Shame of Me.  Not only are we learning more about Ryan and MDD, we’re finding a new perspective on life.  You can find The Shame of Me at fine bookstores throughout the Kansas City area and online at amazon.com and ascendbooks.com.  Ryan and his wife, Sarah, have decided to donate a majority of their revenue from the book to non-profit organizations. 


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