Royals in the Community

With support from Jeff and Catie Francoeur, the Royals host the eighth annual Back to School Drive to benefit needy children during the upcoming homestand.  The homestand also features an instructional clinic for athletes from Special Olympics, as well as a 50/50 Friday fundraiser to benefit the American Diabetes Association.
 
In addition, Royals Charities partners with the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association to host a series of concourse auctions.  Proceeds benefit Royals Charities and the MLBPAA's youth baseball clinics for kids.
 
Below is a listing of the club's upcoming community efforts for July 31-August 5.

Tuesday, July 31 - Cleveland Indians vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

Wednesday, August 1 - Cleveland Indians vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

  • Special Olympics Clinic - The Royals welcome athletes from Special Olympics Kansas City Metro and Special Olympics Kansas to Kauffman Stadium from noon to 1:30 p.m. for a special on-field clinic with select Royals instructors.  The event also features a meet and greet session.
  • Dream Factory - Throughout the season, the Royals grant the wishes of Dream Factory children.  These youngsters, who face life-altering challenges, will meet Royals players, watch batting practice from the dugout, and enjoy the game and refreshments.  Their Royals experience appears on the KMBC-TV (Channel 9) 10 p.m. newscast.


Thursday, August 2 - Cleveland Indians vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

  • PLAY Clinic - 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 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Outfielder Jeff Francoeur will join Head Athletic Trainer Nick Kenney and members of the Royals sports medicine staff to lead 80 pre-selected youth from the Guadalupe Center in exercises to promote health and wellness.
  • Back to School Drive - Together with Jeff and Catie Francoeur, the Royals host the eighth annual Back to School Drive to support needy children - specifically homeless students - in the Kansas City Public School system.  The collection will take place from 6-8:30 p.m. outside of the Diamond Club, located across from the Majestic Team Store on the Field/Plaza Level.  Fans are encouraged to donate basic school supplies and new backpacks that will be used for students who qualify as homeless under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Education Act.  Homeless children are those who lack a fixed, regular, nighttime residence.  Cash donations will also be accepted.  Fans making a $40 contribution will receive a baseball autographed by their Royals player of choice (while supplies last), while fans making a $10 donation will receive a photo card autographed by their Royals player of choice (also while supplies last).  For details, visit www.royals.com/community.  


Friday, August 3 - Texas Rangers vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

  • Cain to Meet Fans at Taco Bell - Outfielder Lorenzo Cain will meet fans and sign autographs at Taco Bell, located across from Kauffman Stadium at 4017 Blue Ridge Cut-Off in Kansas City, Mo., from noon-1 p.m.  Fans are invited to come out and meet Cain during this free event.
  • Back to School Drive Continues - The Royals host the second day of the Back to School Drive to benefit homeless children in the Kansas City Public School system.   Fans making a $40 contribution will receive a baseball autographed by their Royals player of choice (while supplies last), while fans making a $10 donation will receive a photo card autographed by their Royals player of choice (also while supplies last).  
  • 50/50 Friday - For every Friday home game, volunteers sell raffle tickets from the time the gates open until the end of the fourth inning.  One winning ticket will be selected with the winner taking home half of the evening's net proceeds.  The other half will be divided between Royals Charities and a local Kansas City charity.  The American Diabetes Association will be the designated charity for Friday's fundraiser.  www.royals.com/5050.
  • Royals Charities and MLB Players Alumni Association Concourse Auction - Royals Charities partners with the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association for an exclusive silent auction featuring memorabilia from current and former MLB stars.  The auction, which runs until the end of the sixth inning, will be located on the third base side of the Diamond Club on the Field/Plaza Level.  Proceeds benefit Royals Charities and the MLBPAA to help offer free youth baseball clinics for kids.
  • Budweiser Walk-Off A Hero - The Royals and Budweiser salute a member of the military by providing complimentary tickets and recognizing the honoree with a special in-game recognition.  


Saturday, August 4 - Texas Rangers vs. Royals, 5:10 p.m.

  • UMPS CARE - The Royals partner with Major League Baseball umpires to offer memorable baseball experiences for children awaiting adoption and at-risk youth in mentoring programs.  The children receive a VIP experience including complimentary tickets, a baseball goody bag, and the unique opportunity to step on to the field for a souvenir baseball and photo.
  • Royals Charities and MLBPAA Concourse Auction - Royals Charities and the MLBPAA host a silent auction on the third base side of the Diamond Club on the Field/Plaza Level from the time the gates open until the end of the sixth inning.
  • Budweiser Walk-Off A Hero - The Royals and Budweiser salute a member of the military by providing complimentary tickets and recognizing the honoree with a special in-game recognition.  


Sunday, August 5 - Texas Rangers vs. Royals, 1:10 p.m.

  • Royals Troopers - The Royals Grounds Crew welcomes select children who have a parent deployed through the United States military efforts overseas to join them in game preparations as part of the Royals Troopers program presented by John Deere.  The honored kids will help prepare the field prior to the game and will receive game tickets and Royals merchandise.
  • Royals Charities and MLBPAA Concourse Auction - Royals Charities and the MLBPAA host a silent auction on the third base side of the Diamond Club on the Field/Plaza Level from the time the gates open until the end of the sixth inning.
  • Budweiser Walk-Off A Hero - The Royals and Budweiser salute a member of the military by providing complimentary tickets and recognizing the honoree with a special in-game recognition.  
  • Ban Johnson All-Star Game: The Royals host the Ban Johnson All-Star Game following the homestand finale.  The club has hosted the event, which features many of the top college ballplayers from the area that play in this summer wood bat league, since 1969.  The game will follow the Sprint Fun Run.