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Royals support building of two adaptive baseball fields in Kansas City metro

Adaptive Fields 1The Kansas City Royals and Royals Charities have announced a partnership with Variety Kansas City and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation to build two adaptive baseball fields in Olathe, Kan., and Independence, Mo. The projects are possible with proceeds from the 2012 Major League Baseball Gatorade All-Star Workout Day held at Kauffman Stadium in July 2012.

The two fields will be constructed at McCoy Park, located near Hwy 24 and Delaware in Independence, and at the Olathe Northwest High School Athletic Complex, 21300 College Blvd. in Olathe. Construction on both projects is scheduled to begin later this spring with the completion date tentatively set for this fall.

The Royals and Royals Charities hosted a press conference this morning at Kauffman Stadium announcing both projects. The press conference was preceded by a breakfast event featuring Jessica Long, a 12-time Paralympic Gold Medalist. Following the announcement, several Royals Alumni members toured Kauffman Stadium with youth from Variety Children’s Charity. Former Royals participating in today’s events included Jaime Bluma, Tom Burgmeier, Al Fitzmorris, Steve Jeltz, Dennis Leonard, Jeff Montgomery, Rod Myers, Joe Randa, Shawn Sedlacek and Jerry Terrell.

Below are highlights of both adaptive field projects.

The Independence Ability Field at McCoy Park

The City of Independence Parks and Recreation Department is transforming a section of McCoy Park into an accessible baseball field and play area for kids with and without disabilities. The park, which is located in the shadow of the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum, will feature a play area designed by Unlimited Play, Inc., with specialized equipment ensuring all children can participate regardless of limitations created by disabilities. Jackson County (Mo.) has more than 3,800 children with disabilities, the largest number of any county in the Kansas City area.

Additional support for this field is provided by the City of Independence Parks and Recreation Department, State Farm and Unlimited Play.

Olathe Miracle League Field

Former Royals third baseman Joe Randa with Ricky Hernandez.

Former Royals third baseman Joe Randa with Ricky Hernandez.

The newest addition to the Olathe Northwest High School Athletic Complex will serve as the home field for the Miracle League of Olathe. Since 2004, the Olathe Miracle League has played its games in the backyard of Ricky Hernandez, a youngster bound to a wheelchair whose family has graciously hosted more than 25 disabled children on Saturdays in the spring and fall. The Dream Factory built the custom baseball field at Ricky’s home more than eight years ago after hearing of his dream to play baseball. The construction of this new adaptive field will help the Miracle League of Olathe reach more children in the district.

Additional support for this field is provided by City of Olathe Parks and Recreation Department, Olathe Medical Center, the Olathe Chamber of Commerce, Mid-America Nazarene University and Strickland Construction.

After contributions to these two projects, remaining All-Star funds will support future field projects as part of Royalty Fields matching grant program. Created in 2006, the ongoing Royals Charities program strives to improve baseball and softball facilities across the Midwest. With these two adaptive baseball fields, nearly 70 fields have received financial support since its inception. Baseball and softball programs in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma, Arkansas or South Dakota may apply for a Royalty Fields matching grant for major renovations. For more information, visit

MLB and the Royals donated approximately $4 million from a portion of the proceeds from the MLB Gatorade All-Star Workout Day to benefit a variety of local community projects and national charitable organizations. Since 1997, more than $48 million has been donated to non-profit organizations from MLB Gatorade All-Star Workout Day proceeds. The 2012 All-Star Summer boasted the most extensive charity activity in All-Star history, as MLB and the Royals partnered on more than 26 initiatives during All-Star Week.

Photos: Royalty Fields Clinic

The Royalty Fields program, along with Billy Butler and the Pepsi Refresh Project, held a baseball clinic in Belton on Monday. 

Butler, former outfield Les Norman and Royals Hall of Famers Willie Wilson and Frank White were on hand to mentor youth baseball and softball players. 

Royalty Fields is a Royals Charities matching grant program that provides financial support to improve baseball and/or softball facilities throughout the Midwest.  The program is in the running to receive a Pepsi Refresh Project grant.  Visit between July 13 and August 17 to vote!



Butler, DeJesus, Gordon greet kids at holiday party

Gordon_DeJesus_della lamb_7296.jpgThe 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.

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White, Leonard, DeJesus visit Fort Leavenworth (photos)

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:

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Photo from the first Royals 5K Run/Walk

start_0034.JPGThank you to the over 900 participants who came out early on Saturday morning to raise funds and awareness for the Autism Alliance of Greater Kansas City!  Participants navigated a 5K course through the Truman Sports Complex, finishing on the Kauffman Stadium field near home plate.  For more information on the Autism Alliance, visit their website:

Royals Concourse Auction – Friday, August 21

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Scorecard2.JPGOn Friday, Aug. 21, the Royals are hosting their fifth concourse auction of the season. The silent auction, located across from Rivals Sports Bar in the Outfield Experience, will be held from 5-8 p.m. and will benefit Royals Charities. Some items that will be available for fans to bid on include:

  • Autographed Kyle Davies jersey
  • Alex Gordon autographed baseball
  • Game-used bat and baseball cap autographed by Mark Teahen
  • Scorecard from Royals 2009 Home Opener Autographed by the April 10 starting lineup
  • Autographed Billy Butler and Ron Mahay No. 42 Game-Worn Jerseys from Jackie Robinson Day on April 15
  • An Authentic Clubhouse Chair autographed by Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer
  • Autographed Gil Meche game-worn jersey

…and more!

Be sure to stop by and bid on these unique baseball items!

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Operation Breakthrough benefits from Diamond of Dreams

379.jpgHundreds of Royals fans attended the second annual Diamond of Dreams event on July 23, taking the field to help raise $150,000 for locally-based Operation Breakthrough, a St. Vincent’s Family Service Center.

372.jpgThe sold-out event featured appearances from General Manager Dayton Moore, Manager Trey Hillman and several Royals players as well as entertainment from local U2 cover band Rattle and Hum and a Kansas City-inspired food and drink menu.

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To view more photos from Diamond of Dreams and to learn about upcoming Royals Charities events including the Royals 5K Run/Walk on September 5, visit

Legacy Bricks installed, single-game ticket procedure

Bricks_2.JPGIt’s great to be back at the K! We see something new every day! Today, workers started installing the first phase of the Royals Legacy Bricks. We saw a variety of personal Royals memories on the bricks. Some of the Greatest Moments in Royals history will be displayed alongside the bricks. You still have time to order bricks for your family and friends during Phase Two of the program…call 1-877-KCR-BRIX or visit this page on All proceeds from the Royals Legacy Brick Program support Royals Charities, benefiting children, education and neighborhoods.





Single-game ticket sale procedure

Single-game tickets for the 2009 season, including a limited number of Opening Day tickets, go on sale this Saturday, March 7 at 9 a.m.  Tickets will be available at, by phone at 1-800-6ROYALS, at metro-area Hy-Vee stores (no Opening Day tickets available) and at the Kauffman Stadium Ticket Windows.

Fans planning to purchase tickets at Kauffman Stadium on Saturday must enter the Truman Sports Complex through Gate 2, located off of Blue Ridge Cutoff on the east side of the complex, or Gate 6, off of Stadium Drive on the west side.  All other gates will be closed to fan traffic.  Fans will be instructed to park in Lot J and directed to the Kauffman Stadium Ticket Windows located at Gate C.

Due to the ongoing construction at the Truman Sports Complex, overnight camping will not be permitted.  The Royals will implement a random drawing procedure for purchasing tickets at Kauffman Stadium on Saturday.  Beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday and ending at 7:20 a.m. on Saturday, fans may visit the Truman Sports Complex at Gate 2 or Gate 6 to collect a numbered ticket from a Royals event staff member.  There is no advantage to collecting a ticket early within this time frame.  The drawing to determine line order will be held at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday at Gate B, located at the southwest corner of Kauffman Stadium.  Fans with numbered tickets must be in place by 8:30 a.m. to ensure their spot in line.

For those fans who come to the stadium Saturday to purchase tickets, the Royals will conduct brief 10-minute tours of the newly renovated Plaza Level from 9-10 a.m.

The Kauffman Stadium Ticket Windows will be open special hours for the opening weekend of sales.  Tickets may be purchased at the stadium on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  In addition, there will be extended hours for phone sales for the entire 2009 season.  Beginning this Saturday, phone operators will be available from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week to better serve Royals fans.

In the Greater Kansas City area, fans can purchase tickets by calling the Royals Call Center at (816) 504-4040.  Fans outside Kansas City can call 1-800-6ROYALS (1-800-676-9257).

Season ticket packages are currently available online at and by calling (816) 504-4040.  Fans can guarantee themselves Opening Day tickets with any Full Season, Half Season or 21-game season ticket plan starting at just $168 per seat.

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Online registration for free T.A.K.E. Defense classes

Royals Charities is teaming once again with 98.1 KUDL and The Ali Kemp Educational Foundation to host two T.A.K.E. Defense self-defense classes on the field at Kauffman Stadium during the 2009 season. The classes, which are free-of-charge and open to females ages 12 and older, are scheduled for Saturday, May 2 and Saturday, September 19. Both sessions will run from 10 a.m. to noon.

Participants for the 2009 classes must pre-register online at All participants must sign a waiver, which is also available online. Participants under the age of 18 will also need a signature from a parent or guardian to participate.

The T.A.K.E. Defense classes aim to raise safety awareness and give women self-protection skills they need to avoid becoming the victims of violent crime. Participants will receive safety awareness tips and hands-on training in basic life-saving self-defense techniques during the class.

The Ali Kemp Educational Foundation was created in honor of the late Ali Kemp, a metro teen who was murdered in 2002. T.A.K.E. Defense serves as a legacy to Ali’s life and has trained more than 26,000 girls and women in basic self-defense skills.

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Royals Farm Report

On the Farm: October is peak harvest time for a group of loyal Royals fans, the corn and soybean farmers here in the Midwest. The Royals’ farm is also busy this time of year as Assistant General Manager for Scouting/Player Development J.J. Picollo and his staff look to cultivate talent for the Major League team. Today we look at two of the fall proving grounds, the Arizona Instructional League and Hawaii Winter Baseball. (Yes, that was Hawaii followed by winter.)

Thumbnail image for 8-23 Hosmer stance.JPGArizona Instructional League:
Seeds of baseball knowledge are being planted in the impressionable minds of farmhands in the Arizona Instructional League. Participating players include 2008 draft picks Eric Hosmer (left), Johnny Giavotella, and Tim Melville as well as 2008 Burlington (IA) Player of the Year Mike Moustakas. Games started on September 22 and run through October 17. Players also take part in daily practice drills and listen to motivational talks from the likes of manager Trey Hillman and Royals Hall of Famer Frank White. We hope to have more insider updates on the instructional league in the near future.

Hawaii Winter Baseball: Aloha! Farther west, four Kansas City prospects are honing their baseball skills on the island of Oahu. Infielders Kyle Martin and Kurt Mertins, left-handed pitcher Ben Swaggerty and right-handed pitcher Jason Godin are members of the North Shore Honu. Martin played a key reserve role for the Midwest League-champion Burlington Bees in 2008. Mertins batted .282 and stole 28 bases as a member of Wilmington’s speedy Carolina League entry. Godin, a fifth-round selection in 2006, spent 2008 with Wilmington. Swaggerty signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2007. He split 2008 between the Burlington Bees and the Wilmington Blue Rocks. The teams continue play through November 16. Be sure to keep tabs on all of the action!

Central Focus: All eyes in baseball have been on the AL Central over the past few days.  Our division finally has a champion, and it didn’t require a recount or hanging chads. Congratulations to the Chicago White Sox, who won their first division title since 2005. Last night’s thrilling game was a pitching duel from start to finish. Jim Thome provided all of the offense with a solo blast in the seventh.

The Royals play the Twins and White Sox 18 times apiece during the regular season, so we get to know their broadcasters, writers, and media relations staff quite well. (Be sure to check out our interviews with Chicago’s Ken Harrelson and Minnesota’s Jack Morris.) We can only imagine the press box conversations last night as the season came down to a final game.

Thumbnail image for CarAuction.jpgRevving Up for Royals Charities:
Royals Charities recently teamed with the Kansas City Zone Dodge Dealers to auction off a 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8. The car sold for $51,250, with proceeds going to Royals Charities. Thank you to Dodge for their support of Royals Charities!



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