Royals Caravan starts Thursday!

January is the perfect time to begin thinking about baseball…spring training is just around the corner!  One special tradition has been in place since before the Royals took the field.  Yes, Royals Caravan started in 1968 and continues to this day!  This is a great event where fans throughout the region get to meet their favorite Royals players, former players, broadcasters and…Sluggerrr!  Last year, Around the Horn tagged along on a Caravan – here’s our report from that trip.

On Thursday, there will be meet and greet sessions in Topeka, Manhattan, Lincoln and Omaha.  Friday includes meet and greets in Salina, Wichita and St. Joseph.

A new feature at Caravan stops in 2013 is a collection through a partnership with the USO chapters of Fort Riley and Missouri.  Fans may donate washcloths, individually wrapped toothbrushes, beef jerky, drink packets and pudding cups, which will be distributed to military members serving overseas and returning from duty.  Fans can also bring or make hand-written “Thank You” cards for troops at the Caravan stops.  Royals Charities will donate $1 to the USO for every card received (up to $10,000).

A schedule of Caravan events for January 17 and 18 is available at www.royals.com/caravan. The Royals Caravan will continue on January 20-22 and an announcement with the schedule and participants will be released later this week.

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