The Royals recognize the importance of working together to make a difference in our community. Through these programs we aim to address the needs of our teammates off the baseball field.
The Royals and KCP&L, together with starting pitcher James Shields, are continuing a unique community outreach program in 2014 - the Big Game James Section. Through the program, the right-hander continued his long-standing association with foster care children by welcoming them out to a special night at the ballpark.Learn More
The Royals held their annual summer blood drive July 8-13, 2013, at the Community Blood Centers in Kansas City, St. Joseph, and Topeka. All registered donors received a pair of tickets to a Royals home game and a commemorative t-shirt.
The Royals Caravan launches the baseball season, as current and former players, mascot Sluggerrr, and front office staff visit communities throughout the Midwest. Each winter, the Caravan visits schools, military members, and shopping centers outside of Kansas City.
The Royals team up with fans for a series of collection drives at Kauffman Stadium to benefit fellow Kansas Citians throughout the year. Fans can donate items prior to attending the games at collection points located at each gate.
Throughout the season, the Royals granted the wish of a Dream Factory child. These youngsters who face serious challenges along with their families meet their favorite Royals players in the dugout, witness batting practice before the gates open and enjoy the game and refreshments. Their Royals experience appears on the KMBC-TV (Channel 9) 10 p.m. newscast in the "Dream Factory" segment.
In celebration of Father's Day, the Royals partner with the National Center for Fathering to hold an essay contest in schools throughout the Kansas City area. Nearly 3,000 students submit essays entitled "What My Father Means to Me." The winning authors and their fathers are treated to a game and recognition during a special pre-game ceremony. Winners will also be recognized at a reception at Kauffman Stadium at Kauffman Stadium.
The annual Girls Night Out event features a pre-game party in the Outfield Experience featuring food and beverage specials, a fashion show, massages, a chocolate fountain and much more! A portion of the proceeds from the event benefit a women's health charity.
Hosted by Royals announcer Ryan Lefebvre's Footprints Foundation, Gloves for Kids helps to purchase new baseball gloves and other equipment for underprivileged youth baseball players. Royals players join Lefebvre to sign autographs for fans who donate at least $25 to the cause. The event has raised more than $93,000 for area young ballplayers.
On Opening Day, the Royals team up with more than 1,500 volunteers to sell a special Royals edition of the Kansas City Star throughout the city. Proceeds from the sales help send kids to Rotary Youth Camp and other deserving children's charities.
The Royals join forces with the Kansas City Chiefs, Hy-Vee and Operation Blessing, to feed more than 3,000 needy people in Kansas City. Under the motto "Two Teams: One Goal," the clubs join more than 200 community volunteers to distribute Operation Blessing's food and toys to those who need it most.
Grow with the Pros, hosted by Royals Charities and the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, debuted in 2012. During the event, which is free to the public, fans have an opportunity to learn tips and techniques on grass and field maintenance from the Royals Grounds Crew and participating vendors. Raffles and drawings with prizes from participating vendors are held throughout the event. Following the Grow with the Pros Open House, Royals Charities and the Baseball Tomorrow Fund host a private field maintenance clinic for previous grant recipients.
The Kansas City Royals and the YMCA of Greater Kansas City team up to offer kids and families the opportunity to play fun games together, learn cool exercises and get tips on choosing healthy foods, all while enjoying the fun of Kauffman Stadium. Special activities and information booths to promote a healthy, active lifestyle are set up in the Outfield Experience. YMCA Healthy Kids Day is celebrated across the country and is the nation's largest health day for children and families. As part of the program, the Royals offer special ticket discounts with a portion of each purchase going to the YMCA of Greater Kansas City.
More than 6,000 area elementary school children who achieved perfect attendance throughout the academic school year are honored at designated Royals Perfect Attendance Days.
Young baseball players have the opportunity of a lifetime by competing in the sectional finals of Major League Baseball's Pitch, Hit and Run competition at Kauffman Stadium after earning the opportunity at local competitions.
The Royals team up with the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) to host a free PLAY (Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth) clinic at Kauffman Stadium each season. Royals players join members of the Royals sports medicine staff to lead pre-selected youth in baseball fundamentals and exercises.
The Players for the Planet e-Waste recycling event provides a simple and convenient way for Royals fans and local residents to recycle old electronics and used batteries in exchange for ticket vouchers to a Kansas City Royals game. The Royals first teamed with Players for the Planet in 2013, with Royals players Chris Getz, Jeremy Guthrie and Mike Moustakas greeting fans who stopped by the recycling drive.
The Royals, along with Major League Baseball, support Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program. The league provides boys and girls ages 8-18 the opportunity to play organized baseball and softball, while placing emphasis on life skills such as teamwork, leadership and interacting with others. The Royals play an active role in fundraising, securing facilities, and recruiting players and coaches for RBI. In addition, the Royals host all RBI players to a special night at Kauffman Stadium.Learn More
For each Sunday home game, Royals Director-Groundskeeping and Landscaping Trevor Vance and his staff host select children who have a parent deployed through the United States military efforts overseas to join the Royals Grounds Crew as part of the Royals Troopers program. The honored kids helped prepare the field before Royals games and received game tickets and Royals merchandise.
Is there a better classroom than Kauffman Stadium? Students from all over Kansas and Missouri have the opportunity to go to class with the Royals by attending the annual "School Day at The K." The Fox 4 Weather Team, led by Chief Meteorologist Mike Thompson, provides an educational experience that all of the youngsters thoroughly enjoy.
The Kansas City Royals are excited to team up for the Sluggerrr's Read to Succeed program designed to motivate students in grades K through 5 to read a piece of literature of their own choice for a minimum of 15 minutes per day.Learn More
The Royals join Missouri Lottery to honor outstanding educators through the Missouri Lottery Stars of the Classroom recognition program. Prior to six Royals games throughout the summer, Missouri Lottery and the Royals will celebrate the achievements of top teachers from six school districts in the metro area.Learn More
The Royals partner with TeamSmile to host a free dental health education, screening and treatment clinic at Kauffman Stadium for children associated with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City. Kids receive free dental care, in between taking in all of the attractions of the Outfield Experience.
The Royals host the annual "Viva Los Royals" celebration as part of Hispanic Heritage Month. The event, presented by Sprint, featured special pre-game festivities.
The Royals host a series of baseball instructional clinics with area youth leagues and special needs groups. The young ballplayers learn baseball basics from current and former Royals players who serve as the clinic instructors.