Step into the batter’s box at The K! Home Runs for Hunger is this Saturday, November 10

This blogger has been a part of the Royals organization for nearly seven years.  The experiences have been unique – I have played catch with Satchel Paige’s son (who was throwing out a first pitch), competed in the Hot Dog Derby (I’m not a sprinter) and roamed the outfield during our corporate sponsor event days.

One thing that I had not done – until last week – was bat on the field at Kauffman Stadium.  I had the chance to do that as part of a Royals Charities event for front office associates.  While I didn’t hit any home runs, it was an experience that I’ll always remember.

You can create your own memories (and also the opportunity to play the outfield) this Saturday, November 10.  Royals Charities and the Royals Grounds Crew are hosting the first Home Runs for Hunger event.  Fans who donate canned food items or make a cash donation to Harvesters-The Community Food Network will have the unique opportunity to take batting practice on the field and shag fly balls in the outfield.

Fans can secure one swing against a pitching machine on the Kauffman Stadium field by donating three non-perishable canned food items or by making a $2 contribution.  There will be a maximum of 20 pitches per participant.  Batters will be entered into a drawing for autographed memorabilia for each home run hit.

Fans will also have the opportunity to shag fly balls in the outfield for 15 minutes by donating $25.  Participants are responsible for bring their own gloves for outfield shagging.  The Royals will provide bats, baseballs and helmets for the event.

Home Runs for Hunger will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (weather permitting).  Please note that children must be at least 48” tall to participate, and all children under the age of 17 will need a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.

As fans enter Kauffman Stadium, Royals staff will be on hand to collect canned food items and donations and will give each participant a number indicating the hitting order and respective number of pitches and/or shagging time.  Family and friends are welcome to attend and may watch from the seating bowl.

Complete details on the event are available at www.royals.com/homerunsforhunger.

Fans who are unable to attend but wish to make a monetary donation may send checks to Royals Charities at One Royal Way, Kansas City, MO 64129.  Please note in the memo of the check that it is for Home Runs for Hunger.

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