Royals to participate in National Council of La Raza annual conference

Royals Hall of Famer Cookie Rojas to be honored by organization

The Kansas City Royals are excited to welcome the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) to Kansas City through several activities. To welcome the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States to town, Kansas City, Kan., native Janet Murguía, the organization's president and CEO, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Royals-Toronto Blue Jays game on Friday, July 10. Royals Hall of Fame Second Baseman Cookie Rojas will receive the distinguished Roberto Clemente Award for Sports Excellence at the Awards Gala on Tuesday evening at the Kansas City Convention Center.
Saturday through Monday, the Royals will host interactive pitching and hitting stations at the National Latino Family Festival at Bartle Hall. Participants will have the opportunity to take swings and test their pitching speed with instructors from Johnson County 3&2 as well as Royals Alumni at select times. The following Royals Alumni are scheduled to appear during the three-day festival:

Saturday, July 11, Noon to 1 p.m.:
John Mayberry, Royals Hall of Fame First Baseman

Sunday, July 12, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.:
Dennis Leonard, Royals Hall of Fame Pitcher
Greg Pryor, Former Royals Infielder

Monday, July 13, Noon to 1 p.m.:
Dennis Leonard, Royals Hall of Fame Pitcher
Jaime Bluma, Former Royals Pitcher

Rojas will receive the Roberto Clemente Award for Sports Excellence, presented to an individual or organization renowned in the world of sports and committed to the advancement of Hispanic Americans. Rojas served as the Royals second baseman from 1970-77, providing experience and leadership which built a solid base for future championships. The Havana, Cuba, born player was named an American League All-Star four consecutive years (1971-74). Following his playing career, Rojas went on to both coach and manage several Major League teams, as well as serve as a Spanish-language color commentator for the Miami Marlins. Rojas was inducted into the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame in 2011.