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Kansas City Royals’ outfielder David DeJesus and right-handed pitcher Zack Greinke will team up with Heart to Heart International on Thursday, January 21 to aid the victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti on January 12. In addition, DeJesus has pledged $2,500 to Heart to Heart International and Royals Charities has matched that donation, which will supply 500 Heart to Heart Care Kits.
DeJesus and Greinke will collect donations and items for Heart to Heart Care Kits on Thursday, January 21 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the Independence, Mo., Sam’s Club at 4100 Bolger Drive. Heart to Heart and Sam’s Club will be collecting donations and items at all five Kansas City metro area Sam’s Club locations this Saturday and Sunday, January 23 and 24.
Heart to Heart International flies medical missions all over the world and has been a presence in Haiti for more than a decade. The organization currently has staff in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince and has created a “humanitarian bridge” from the United States through the Dominican Republic to Haiti. Royals fans can donate on-line, sign up to volunteer and learn more about the organization, which is based in Olathe, Kan., by visiting www.hearttoheart.org. The Royals and Heart to Heart International have teamed up to aid other disasters in the past including the tsunami in South Asia and the tornado in Greensburg, Kan.
The Royals reached out to 60 area youth on Tuesday at the first Royals Charities Kids Holiday Party. The event hosted kids from Della Lamb, Spofford Home, Guadalupe Centers, Inc. and Operation Breakthrough. First baseman Billy Butler, outfielder David DeJesus and third baseman Alex Gordon all took part in the afternoon’s events.
Participants ate dinner, made ornaments, decorated cookies and visited with Sluggerrr. Santa handed out gifts that were donated by front office associates. The kids also took home a holiday stocking full of goodies. DeJesus closed the party by reading “The Night Before Christmas.”
Royals Hall of Famers Frank White and Dennis Leonard joined outfielder David DeJesus for a visit to Fort Leavenworth yesterday. The group met with families of deployed soldiers, then presented a $25,000 check on behalf of Royals charities to the Garrison Commander, COL Wayne Green. The donation will be used in support of military families of deployed service members. It was a special day at Fort Leavenworth! Here’s a look:
The Royals will salute members of the military and their families at Fort Leavenworth as well as greet fans in Lawrence, Kan., on Wednesday, December 2.
Royals Hall of Fame second baseman Frank White, Royals Hall of Fame pitcher Dennis Leonard and Royals outfielder David DeJesus will tour Fort Leavenworth prior to meeting families of deployed soldiers and presenting a Royals Charities donation of $25,000 to the Garrison Commander, COL Wayne Green. The donation will be used in support of military families of deployed Service members.
Following the visit to Fort Leavenworth, the Royals will travel to Lawrence, Kan., where they will meet fans from 5:15-6 p.m. at Sunflower Broadband offices, located at 1 Riverfront Plaza. The group will then attend the 7 p.m. Alcorn State vs. University of Kansas men’s basketball game at Allen Fieldhouse on the KU Campus.
A tentative schedule is listed below:
2:30 – 3:00 p.m. – Tour Fort Leavenworth
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. - Visit members of the military and their families stationed at Fort Leavenworth
4:00 p.m. – Present check to Ft. Leavenworth Garrison Commander, COL Wayne Green, at the Frontier Conference Center at Ft. Leavenworth
5:15-6 p.m. – Meet and Greet at Sunflower Broadband – Lawrence, KS (Hosted by Fox Sports Kansas City)
7 p.m. - Attend the Alcorn State vs. University of Kansas men’s basketball game
As the holiday season gets underway, we would like to recognize members of the Royals family who recently served a Thanksgiving meal at the City Union Mission. Royals Hall of Famer Frank White, outfielder David DeJesus and former outfielder Les Norman were joined by Royals associates on November 11 at the Mission’s two locations.
The City Union Mission has provided warm beds, nutritious food and a safe place for thousands of poverty stricken and homeless men, women and children in the Kansas City area. The Christian ministry receives no government support, but rather relies solely on support from individuals, churches, foundations, organizations and businesses. Both of their locations are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you would like to help the City Union Mission, please visit http://www.cumission.org/ .
UPDATE – Read Dick Kaegel’s article on the City Union Mission and the Royals in the community here: http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20091121&content_id=7697714&vkey=news_kc&fext=.jsp&c_id=kc.
Ewing’s sarcoma is a rare cancer that attacks the bones and soft tissue. David DeJesus had a cousin pass away from the disease last year. The Royals outfielder has since looked to raise awareness and provide support for those afflicted with sarcoma, which has a survival rate of just 30 percent.
On Saturday, DeJesus met 23-year old sarcoma patient Jennifer Steinmann at the Plaza Tennis Center. Jennifer was in town as a special guest at the USTA Pro Circuit tournament. David talked with Jennifer’s family and presented her with an autographed bat.
Fighting sarcoma is not new to Jennifer. She beat the disease in high school after being diagnosed at age 14. Jennifer went on to graduate from Creighton University in Omaha. She took a terrific job as a pediatric nurse at the National Institute of Health in Maryland. One day, she had a back ache – then she noticed a small lump. The cancer had returned. She battled through surgery and chemotherapy as tumors appeared in her lungs and on her spine. Jennifer continues to fight the struggles of sarcoma, though her prognosis has improved.
Jennifer played tennis as a youth and her interest in the sport has been an outlet during her cancer fight. DeJesus and the Steinmann family went out to the tennis courts after their initial conversation. Jennifer tossed the coin before one of the semifinal matches while DeJesus met with kids who had participated in a tennis clinic that morning.
An adult gathered the kids for a picture and introduced DeJesus simply as David. One of the kids exclaimed, “Are you David DeJesus, are you David DeJesus?” The easy-going outfielder smiled and said yes. He was on a tennis court instead of a baseball diamond, but it was clear that he was in another comfort zone – community outreach. He had made an impact on multiple fronts on a cool Saturday morning in Kansas City.
(Special thanks to Laura Fitzgibbons/ Fitzgibbons Photography)
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Today, John Buck, Billy Butler, David DeJesus and Mitch Maier joined Royals fans (and Sluggerrr) for a day of thrills at the 2009 Worlds of Fun Royals Baseball FanFest. The players met fans and signed autographs at the annual event, which celebrates two Kansas City summertime traditions. DeJesus and Buck also managed to squeeze in a ride on Worlds of Fun’s newest roller coaster, The Prowler, before heading to the ballpark for tonight’s game.
On Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Royals players will be signing autographs at Hy-Vee locations in Gladstone, Lee’s Summit, and Overland Park as part of the 27th Annual Royals Wives Food Drive. Participating players will sign autographs for a $5 donation or five cans of food. The locations and players are as follows:
Gladstone (7117 N. Prospect): David DeJesus and Ron Mahay
Lee’s Summit (310 SW Ward Road): Billy Butler and Mark Teahen
Overland Park (8900 W. 135th Street): Willie Bloomquist and Mitch Maier
All donations go to St. James Place food pantry and its sister site, the Bishop Sullivan Center. Come on out to get your groceries and meet a few Royals before heading out to Kauffman for Salute to the Negro Leagues Day and the Monarchs jersey giveaway!
If you’re headed out to the park today, be sure to drop off some new or gently used baseball equipment. Today is the second day of the Baseball Equipment Drive, which benefits the Guadalupe Centers Youth Baseball Fund. All types of baseball and softball equipment will be accepted, including gloves, baseballs, bases, batting tees, bats, batting helmets, shoes and uniforms. Cash donations are also accepted.
Here are some pictures from last night. David DeJesus and Ron Mahay, co-chairs of the drive, along with the Royals Wives, were on hand to meet fans and collect items on Saturday night. Thank you to everyone who donated items on Saturday, and we hope that you can bring items by on Sunday.
Here’s your Kansas City lineup for Sunday:
Crisp – CF
DeJesus – LF
Teahen – 3B
Guillen – RF
Jacobs – 1B
Callaspo – 2B
Olivo – C
Maier – RF
Aviles – SS
Ponson – P