Royals Charities, the Royals' charitable foundation, announced funding on Thursday of more than $1.2 million this year to organizations and government entities in the Kansas City area that support children, education, youth baseball/softball and the military.
Part of that donation was made possible by the Royals' thrilling march to the World Series, as the total includes four special grants from funds raised during the club's postseason run. The Community Services League, Kansas City (Mo.) Public Schools, Warriors' Best Friend Foundation and Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center received postseason grants.
Since 2001, Royals Charities has donated more than $9 million to Kansas City-area charities.
Additionally, the Kansas City Royals Alumni Association donated a total of $25,000 to local charity and community programs this holiday season.
Throughout the year, former Royals players, managers, trainers and coaches helped raise money for the foundation to support local families in need. The largest fundraising events are the Royals Alumni Batting Practices at Kauffman Stadium and the Royals Alumni Fantasy Camp in Surprise, Ariz.
The following 19 programs received donations from the Alumni Association: Assists Foundation, Big Brother/Big Sisters, Blue Springs Elks Foundation, Children for Peace, Cross Points Church, Grace Church, Hope House, House of Hope, Macedonia Baptist Church, Marillac Center, Medical Missions Foundation, Operation Breakthrough, Ozanam, Project Walk, Rachel House, St. Anne's Episcopal Church, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Welcome House and the Wounded Warriors.
Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.