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Royals Caravan continues with stops in AK, KS & MO

KANSAS CITY, MO (January 16, 2013) – The annual Royals Caravan continues next week with stops in Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri.

Beginning in 1968, the Royals have embarked on the annual Royals Caravan to visit fans throughout the Midwest.  This January, several current and former Royals players, broadcasters and front office personnel will join Royals mascot Sluggerrr for Caravan events. 

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A new feature at Caravan stops in 2013 is a collection through a partnership with the USO chapters of Fort Riley and Missouri.  Fans may donate washcloths, individually wrapped toothbrushes, beef jerky, drink packets and pudding cups, which will be distributed to military members serving overseas and returning from duty.  Fans can also bring or make hand-written “Thank You” cards for troops at the Caravan stops.  Royals Charities will donate $1 to the USO for every card received (up to $10,000).

One contingent will travel south with stops in Joplin, Springfield and Warrensburg, Mo., and Fort Scott, Kan.  The Caravan will also take part in a Baseball Luncheon hosted by the Northwest Arkansas Naturals and Springdale Rotary Club on Monday, January 21.  Royals Chairman/Owner David Glass is scheduled to attend the event.  A second Caravan will honor military members with visits to Fort Leavenworth and Fort Riley, Kan., on January 22.

Pitchers Bruce Chen, Danny Duffy and Will Smith are scheduled to make the South Caravan trip along with Royals Hall of Famer Dennis Leonard and broadcaster Steve Physioc. Hall of Fame third baseman George Brett, pitcher Jeremy Guthrie, Royals Hall of Famer Jeff Montgomery and broadcaster Rex Hudler are scheduled for the military salutes at Fort Leavenworth and Fort Riley.

The trips follow Royals FanFest, which will take place this Saturday, January 19, at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, Kan.  The marquee offseason event will feature more autograph opportunities than ever before, with continuous autograph sessions with current and former players and club personalities planned throughout the day.  Additional highlights include select interactive games for kids and roundtable discussions with players and front office executives. 

A tentative schedule of Caravan events for January 20-22 is listed below and also available at www.royals.com/caravan.

 

2013 Royals Caravan

 

Sunday, January 20                   South Trip – Day #1                                              

Participants:                                 Bruce Chen, Danny Duffy, Will Smith, Dennis Leonard, Steve Physioc

Cities:                                              Warrensburg and Springfield, Mo.

PR contact on trip:                      Ben Aken, cell: 913-488-2686

 

Events:                                            12:30 – 1:30 p.m.         Meet & Greet at Fitters Pizza and Pub –

                                                                                                131 W. Pine St. in Warrensburg

                                                                                                Hosted by KOKO Radio

                                                         

                                                          4:00-4:30 p.m.:          Meet with Wounded Warriors from Fort Leonard Wood;

                                                        USO check presentation at the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame 3861 E. Stan Musial Dr. in Springfield

                                                                                                ** Private event.  Members of the media are invited to attend. **

                                                       

                                                          4:30-5:30 p.m.:          Meet & Greet at the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame –

                                                                                                3861 E. Stan Musial Dr. in Springfield                                      

                                                                                                Hosted by KWTO Radio

 

Monday, January 21                  South Trip – Day #2                                              

Participants:                                 Bruce Chen, Danny Duffy, Will Smith, Dennis Leonard, Steve Physioc

Cities:                                              Springdale, Ark., Joplin, Mo., and Fort Scott, Kan.

PR contact on trip:                      Ben Aken, cell: 913-488-2686

 

Events:                                            11:30 a.m. –               Baseball Luncheon at Holiday Inn -

                                                          1:30 p.m.                               1500 S. 48th St. in Springdale

                                                                                                                                                Hosted by NW Arkansas Naturals and Springdale Rotary Club

                                                                                       ** For more information, contact the NW Arkansas Naturals at (479) 927-4900. **

                                                         

                                                          3:00-4:00 p.m.:          Meet & Greet at Vintage Stock (North Park Mall) – 

                                                                                                101 N. Rangeline Rd. in Joplin

                                                                                                Hosted by Cable One and KKOW Radio

                                                       

                                                          5:30-6:30 p.m.:          Meet & Greet at Wal-Mart Supercenter –

                                                                                                2500 S. Main St. in Fort Scott

                                                                                                Hosted by KOMB and KMDO Radio

 

Tuesday, January 22                 Royals Salute Members of the Military!       

Participants:                                 George Brett, Jeremy Guthrie, Jeff Montgomery, Rex Hudler

Locations:                                      Fort Leavenworth and Fort Riley, Kan.

PR contact on trip:                      Toby Cook, cell: 913-284-8629

 

Events:                                            11:15 a.m. -                Visit to Fort Leavenworth

                                                        12:45 p.m.                   **Private event. Media wishing to cover the event should

                                                                                                contact Scott Gibson (thomas.s.gibson4@civ.mail.mil)**

 

                                                          3:00-5:00 p.m.           Visit to Fort Riley

                                                                                        ** Private event.  Media wishing to cover the event should

                                                                                        contact Jason Roberts (jason.p.roberts22.ctr@mail.mil). **

                                                                                                               

Please note that all participants are subject to change.  For additional information, members of the media may contact the Royals Publicity Department at (816) 921-8000.

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