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Press Release

07/25/2008 2:00 PM ET
Royals create special ballpark memories for children
Forty Kansas City children attend tonight’s game as personal guests of Bannister, Buck, Gathright, Grudzielanek, Hochevar and Teahen

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Prior to tonight’s game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Royals players Brian Bannister, John Buck, Joey Gathright, Mark Grudzielanek, Luke Hochevar and Mark Teahen will provide everlasting memories to a group of underprivileged children as the Major League Baseball Players Trust’s “Buses for Baseball” program visits Missouri.

Courtesy of the players’ charitable foundation, 40 children from the Kansas City-based Guadalupe Center, will receive round-trip transportation to the game, meet the players, and receive free tickets, food, beverages and souvenirs. “Buses for Baseball” provides many of the children with their first chance to attend a Major League Baseball game.

This season, “Buses for Baseball”, a program administered by the Players Trust and underwritten by Majestic Athletic, a division of VF Imagewear, Inc., will provide transportation and personal greetings for more than 1,500 underprivileged children attending Major League Baseball games as invited guests of their big league heroes.

The Players Trust enjoys support from the Kansas City Royals organization in providing this unique, up close and personal opportunity to share the thrill of Major League Baseball with those less fortunate.

About the Major League Baseball Players Trust

The members of the Major League Baseball Players Association created the Players Trust, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, to provide resources of caring to those in need by volunteering in causes close to their hearts and encouraging others to do the same. The foundation became the first of its kind in professional sports established and administered by the players. For additional information, please visit