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The Kansas City Royals and Royals Charities host a number of community outreach events during the upcoming homestand, September 14-23.  The Royals partner with broadcaster Ryan Lefebvre for Gloves for Kids on Monday, September 17, while Royals Charities hosts the annual Shirts Off Their Backs fundraiser to benefit Variety – The Children’s Charity of Greater Kansas City on Saturday, September 22.   In addition, the Royals will promote a healthy and active lifestyle through the YMCA Healthy Kids Day on Sunday, September 16, while the annual Coat Drive is set for Thursday, September 20 and Friday, September 21.

Below is a listing of the club’s upcoming community efforts for September 14-23.

Friday, September 14 – Los Angeles Angels vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

•             Minor League Award Winners Make Community Appearances – All of the Royals Minor League Pitcher and Player of the Year award winners, with the exception of the Omaha winners who are competing in the playoffs, will visit patients at the University of Kansas Hospital from 9-10:15 a.m.  The group will then tour the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum from approximately 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Members of the media are welcome to both events.

•             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 Vicki Welsh Ovarian Cancer Fund 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 from the time the gates open 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.

•             State Farm Go To Bat Award – State Farm Insurance honors a local organization that positively impacts the Kansas City area during a special recognition prior to the game.  The Royals will honor The Ali Kemp Educational Foundation (T.A.K.E.) self-defense program, a living legacy in honor of Ali Kemp, a metro teen murdered in 2002 while working at a neighborhood pool.  The program raises safety awareness and gives women the skills they need to avoid becoming the victims of violent crime.  To date, T.A.K.E. Defense has trained nearly 50,000 girls and women nationwide.

•             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, September 15 – Los Angeles Angels vs. Royals, 6:10 p.m.

•             Holland to Appear at Kansas Sampler – Pitcher Greg Holland will meet fans and sign autographs at Kansas Sampler, located at 9750 Quivira across from Oak Park Mall in Lenexa, Kan., from 11 a.m. to noon.  The event is free to the public.

•             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, September 16 – Los Angeles Angels vs. Royals, 1:10 p.m.

•             YMCA Healthy Kids Day – The Royals partner with the YMCA of Greater Kansas City for the third annual YMCA Healthy Kids Day at The K.  Special activities and information booths will be set up around Kauffman Stadium to promote an active, healthy lifestyle.  Fans can support the YMCA through a special ticket offer, which includes a donation to the organization, by visiting www.royals.com/ymca.

•             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.

•             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. 

Monday, September 17 – Off Day

•             Gloves for Kids – The Royals and broadcaster Ryan Lefebvre, with support from 610 Sports and Rawlings, host Gloves for Kids from 6-8 p.m. at Rally House-Kansas City North, located at 8650 N. Boardwalk Ave. in Kansas City, Mo.  Select Royals will sign autographs for fans who donate at least $25 toward new baseball gloves for underprivileged youth.  One group of players will sign from 6-7 p.m. with the other group to follow from 7-8 p.m.  Please note that a $25 donation is required for each session.  For details, visit www.royals.com/community. 

Tuesday, September 18 – Chicago White Sox vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

•             Roberto Clemente Award Presentation – Major League Baseball and Chevy honor the Royals nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award.  The award is given annually to the player who best represents the game of baseball through sportsmanship, community service and positive contributions to his team.  The club’s honoree, which will be announced next week, will receive an award and donation to the charity of his choice from Chevy.  Fan voting and a special selection committee will determine the national winner, who will be announced at the World Series.

Wednesday, September 19 – Chicago White Sox vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

•             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, September 20 – Chicago White Sox vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

•             Royals Coat Drive – Together with Alex and Jamie Gordon, the Royals host the annual Coat Drive to benefit SAFEHOME, which aims to break the cycle of domestic violence and partner abuse for victims and their children by providing shelter, advocacy, counseling and prevention education.  Royals Wives will collect items outside the Diamond Club from 6-8 p.m.  The Royals encourage fans to donate new and gently-used coats, as well as blankets and winter accessories such as gloves, hats and scarves.  In addition, the wives will sell baseballs autographed by current Royals players for a $40 cash donation and autographed photo cards for a $10 cash donation.  For details, visit www.royals.com/community. 

Friday, September 21 – Cleveland Indians vs. Royals presented by Sprint, 7:10 p.m.

•             Royals Coat Drive – The Coat Drive to benefit SAFEHOME continues as wives will be selling baseballs autographed by current Royals players for a $40 cash donation and autographed photo cards for a $10 donation outside the Diamond Club from 6-8 p.m.  In addition, the wives will be collecting new and gently-used coats, blankets and winter accessories such as gloves, hats and scarves.

•             50/50 Friday – Royals Charities hosts its last 50/50 Friday of the season, and one winning fan will take home half of the evening’s net proceeds.  The other half will be divided between Royals Charities and the Vicki Welsh Ovarian Cancer Fund.  www.royals.com/5050.

•             Stars of the Classroom – The Royals join the Missouri Lottery to honor outstanding educators through the Missouri Lottery Stars of the Classroom recognition program.  The Missouri Lottery and the Royals celebrate the achievements of top teachers from six school districts in the metro area.  Friday’s honoree is Janita Butler from the Hickman Mills School District.

•             State Farm Go To Bat Award – State Farm Insurance honors a local organization that positively impacts the Kansas City area during a special recognition prior to the game.  The Royals will honor 20/20 Leadership, a 15-month personal, educational and leadership development program for high school juniors and seniors in Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas and Jackson County, Mo.

•             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, September 22 – Cleveland Indians vs. Royals presented by Sprint, 6:10 p.m.

•             Shirts Off Their Backs – In conjunction with Fan Appreciation Night, Royals Charities will host its annual Shirts Off Their Backs fundraiser presented by Mission Foods to benefit Variety – The Children’s Charity of Greater Kansas City.  Throughout the game, volunteers will sell $1 instant-win scratch tickets with winners receiving an autographed jersey right off the back of their favorite Royals player on the field following the game.  Fans also have an opportunity to bid on one of the spots and secure their place on the field through September 20 by visiting www.royals.com/shirts.

•             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, September 23 – Cleveland Indians vs. Royals presented by Sprint, 1:10 p.m.

•             Alex’s Lemonade Stand Presentation – During the 2012 season, a portion of every freshly-squeezed lemonade sold at Kauffman Stadium benefited Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) to support childhood cancer research.  Alex Gordon serves as a local spokesperson for the organization and will be on hand as ARAMARK and Royals Charities present a check to ALSF for the proceeds of the lemonade sales.

•             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.

•             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. 

Royals and 610 Sports Radio Team Up for “Royals Charities presents Royals Weekly” Radio Show

Fans can learn about all of the club’s community and charity efforts by tuning into the “Royals Charities presents Royals Weekly” radio program.  The one-hour show, which currently airs Sundays at 6 a.m., can be heard on 610 Sports Radio, the flagship station of the Royals.  In addition to the club’s community outreach efforts, the program will highlight upcoming player appearances and provide a season-long radio tour of the Royals Hall of Fame.

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