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Right-handed pitchers Brian Bannister and Kyle Davies, broadcaster Steve Stewart, and Royals Hall of Famers Frank White and John Mayberry are touring western Kansas this week. Senior Director of Community Relations Ben Aken and Senior Director of Publicity Lora Grosshans (a Minneapolis, Kan. native) are traveling with the group. They sent us these photos.
The day ended with a special visit to the KU-Texas A&M game at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence. Brian Bannister caught up with a familiar face, Bob Davis, the voice of the Jayhawks and Royals baseball on the Royals Radio Network. Brian attended USC and loves his cardinal and gold, but he proudly sported KU blue as the Jayhawks cruised to a 20-point victory.
Inside the Post Exchange, it was all smiles as the Fort Riley FRG (Family Readiness Group) was presented a $25,000 check from Royals Charities. The donation to the Fort Riley Family Readiness Group will support the families of the 4,000 men and women from Fort Riley that were deployed to Iraq in October. Family Readiness Groups are organized to serve as an important source of inspiration, training and support for a unit’s family members during deployment.
Then, our group met with the troops and their families. RSS Feed (Subscribe to this blog)
On the left: Back row: Spc. Hernandez, Spc. Knox, Frank White, Cpt. Fultcher, Master Sgt. Sellers, John Mayberry, Sgt. Lee, Staff Sgt.
Schieble, Pvt. Doss, Sgt. Chisholm, Staff Sgt. Brooks, Kyle Davies.
Front Row: Maj. Hogan, Sgt. Castro, 1st Lt. Roshak, Spc. Henneberque, Spc. Nelson, Brian Bannister
The first week of caravan tours wrapped up today as current Royals Mike Aviles, Billy Butler and Mike Jacobs joined Royals Hall of Famer Willie Wilson and Fox Sports Kansas City commentator Ryan Lefebvre at Operation Breakthrough in Kansas City. The mission of Operation Breakthrough is to help children who are living in poverty develop to their fullest potential by providing them a safe, loving and educational environment. The organization will be the recipient of proceeds from the 2009 Diamond of Dreams, set for July 23 at Kauffman Stadium. Team photographer Chris Vleisides was on hand today and sent us these pictures:
Later, one of the kids started giving everyone stickers. Now here’s a picture that worth a thousand words…Willie Wilson is rolling with laughter as he holds Eeyore from the Winnie the Pooh books. Notice the sticker on Willie’s forehead.
On Wednesday, Joakim Soria and Billy Butler joined Royals Hall of Famer Willie Wilson, hitting coach Kevin Seitzer, broadcaster Denny Matthews, and your favorite mascot, Sluggerrr, on a caravan to Central Missouri. Tina Short of the Royals Radio Network snapped pictures along the way. Here’s a sampling:
The first stop was Martin-Warren Elementary in Warrensburg. The Royals will donate a pair of seats from Kauffman Stadium to each school that is visited during the caravan. Each school will also receive two copies of “H is for Home Run”, a baseball-themed book that teaches the alphabet. The seats, after being autographed by the players/alums on the caravan, will be placed in the school’s library as a reading area for students.
Here, Martin-Warren principal Jim Helmig and Willie Wilson smile for the camera as they sit in the stadium seats.
Stop number two was Hy-Vee in Jefferson City. Baseball loyalties in the state capital are split with Missouri’s NL team, but the Royals Caravan is always welcomed by a nice contingent of fans. The line stretched all the way to the back of the store when the caravan arrived.
The final stop of the day was Hy-Vee in Columbia. In the picture, Willie Wilson signs a 1980 World Series program for a fan. This begs the question…did this Royals fan buy the program on eBay or has he been waiting 28 years for this moment?
Current Royals Luke Hochevar and Mitch Maier, Royals Hall of Famer Dennis Leonard, and Fox Sports Kansas City reporter Joel Goldberg are touring Nebraska and Iowa this week (2008 Player of the Year Mike Aviles is scheduled to join the group today in Omaha). Senior Director of Community Relations and Nebraska native Ben Aken is on the trip as well. Ben sent along a few pictures from the first two days, so we’d like to share them with you.
The Royals Caravan is a tradition that predates the team on the field…the first caravan was in 1968. This year’s caravan will travel to 34 communities in six states. Today, the Royals released the dates and participants for upcoming caravans in Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri. Caravans to Arkansas, Kansas, and Oklahoma will take place the week after FanFest, which is scheduled for Jan. 17-18. Preliminary information for those caravans is now available on royals.com. Here is the information for next week’s stops:
North Caravan (Iowa and Nebraska):
Tuesday, Jan. 13 (Blue Springs, York and Kearney, Neb.)
11 a.m.-Noon School Visit and Royalty Fields Presentation at Southern Elementary – 315 West 2nd in Blue Springs (Hosted by KGMT) ***Private event
2:30-3:20 p.m. School Visit at York Elementary – 1501 Washington Ave. (Hosted by KAWL) ***Private event
6-7 p.m. Meet and Greet at Skeeter Barnes – 516 S. 2nd Ave. in Kearney (Hosted by KXPN)
Wednesday, Jan. 14 (Minden, Lincoln and Omaha, Neb.)
12:30-1:30 p.m. School Visit and Royalty Fields Presentation at C.L. Jones Middle School – 520 W. 3rd Street in Minden ***Private event
4-5:15 p.m. Meet and Greet at Sportscasters Bar & Grill – 3048 N. 70th St. in Lincoln (Hosted by KLMS)
7-8 p.m. Meet and Greet at Hy-Vee – 10808 Fort St. in Omaha (Hosted by KXSP)
Thursday, Jan. 15 (Omaha, Neb., and Des Moines, Iowa)
Participants: Mike Aviles, Luke Hochevar, Frank White, Joel Goldberg and Sluggerrr
10:30-11:15 a.m. School Visit at Castelar Elementary School – 2316 S. 18th St. in Omaha ***Private event
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Luncheon with Omaha Royals – Livestock Exchange Building, 4920 S. 30th in Omaha
** Ticket Required. Call Omaha Royals for more information: (402) 738-5100
4-5 p.m. Meet and Greet at Hy-Vee – 1725 Jordan Creek Pkwy. in West Des Moines
Central Caravan (Missouri and Kansas City)
Wednesday, Jan. 14 (Warrensburg, Jefferson City and Columbia, Mo.)
Noon-1 p.m. School Visit at Martin-Warren Elementary – 105 S. Maguire St. in Warrensburg (Hosted by KOKO) ***Private event
3:30-4:30 p.m. Meet and Greet at Hy-Vee – 3721 West Truman Boulevard in Jefferson City (Hosted by KLIK)
5:30-6:30 p.m. Meet and Greet at Hy-Vee – 3100 West Broadway in Columbia
Thursday, Jan. 15 (Trenton, Maryville and St. Joseph, Mo.)
Participants: Joakim Soria, Billy Butler, Mike Jacobs, Willie Wilson, Kevin Seitzer, Mike Arbuckle, Denny Matthews and Sluggerrr
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Meet and Greet at First Christian Church – 1700 Princeton Rd. in Trenton (Hosted by KTTN)
3:30-4:30 p.m. Meet and Greet at Hy-Vee – 1217 S. Main St. in Maryville (Hosted by KNIM)
6-7 p.m. Meet and Greet at Hy-Vee – 201 N. Belt Hwy. in St. Joseph (Hosted by KFEQ)
Friday, Jan. 16 (Kansas City)
Participants: Joakim Soria, Billy Butler, Mike Jacobs, Willie Wilson and Sluggerrr
10:30-11:30 a.m. Visit to Operation Breakthrough – 3039 Troost in Kansas City ***Private event