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Community Calendar: 2018

January

January 25 - 27: Royals FanFest

Royals FanFest, presented by Commerce Bank, is the official launch of the new season! The event features current and former players, club personalities, and interactive games for kids and roundtable discussions.

February

February 9: Black History Month School Reading

Royals Hall of Famer John Mayberry visited schools to read children books regarding Jackie Robinson and the Kansas City Monarchs. "Big John" visited classes at Thomas J. Ultican Elementary and Eastwood Hills Elementary.

February 24: Baseball Fantasy Camp for Kids - Surprise, AZ

For the second year, the Royals hosted approximately 40 children with special needs for a clinic at Dream Catcher Park, located across the street from the Spring Training stadium. Each child will received a personalized jersey and take part in a clinic with stations led by current Royals players. The Royals have previously hosted this same clinic in Kansas City for the past four years.

March

Thursday, March 1: Royals Charities Grant Deadline

Area non-profit organizations can submit applications to receive grant funding from Royals Charities. For more information, visit royals.com/grants.

Thursday, March 29: Greater Kansas City Day

The Kansas City Royals and area Rotary Clubs hosted the 31st annual Greater Kansas City Day presented by Price Chopper on Opening Day, Thursday, March 29.  Greater Kansas City Day is a fundraiser for Rotary Youth Camp and other children's charities through sales of a special edition of The Kansas City Star and exclusive Royals flags. The honorary co-chairs for this year's celebration are Denny Matthews, Royals Hall of Fame broadcaster, and Casie Broker, Price Chopper Vice-President of Marketing.

Saturday, March 31: Kennedy Family Suite

Each Saturday, Pitcher Ian Kennedy and his wife Allison will host a group from the Kansas City area in a fully-catered Dugout Suite. Each guest from Folds of Honor met Kennedy prior to the 7:15 p.m. game and receive a special gift from the family.

April

Thursday, April 12: Braden's Hope Calendar Shoot

Twelve Royals players joined 12 local childhood cancer heroes for a photo shoot for the Braden's Hope Royals calendar. The 2018 "A Year of Hope Royals Calendar" will be available in May for $10, with all proceeds benefiting childhood cancer research. For more information, see royals.com/calendar.

Friday, April 13: Autism Awareness

The Royals joined Major League Baseball in raising awareness for autism by hosting Autism Awareness Night. Throughout the evening, the Royals highlighted new initiatives that have been added to the stadium, including Quiet Zones and Exceptional Concession Stands to provide a more inclusive environment. The First Pitch, Buck O'Neil Legacy Seat, 7th Inning Stretch performance and the "Play Ball" kid will all recognize autism awareness.  

Saturday, April 14: 500 Glove Event

In honor of Jackie Robinson Day, 50 youth received their first new baseball glove from Royals Charities and broadcaster Ryan Lefebvre's Gloves for Kids program. The young ballplayers from local Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) leagues and Oak Grove Little League Baseball were fitted with the new gloves before watching batting practice and the game. The kids represent the hundreds of other local ballplayers who will receive new equipment from Royals Charities this season.    

Saturday, April 14: Kennedy Family Suite

Each Saturday, Pitcher Ian Kennedy and his wife Allison will host a group from the Kansas City area in a fully-catered Dugout Suite. Each guest from City Union Mission met Kennedy prior to the 7:15 p.m. game and receive a special gift from the family.             

Monday, April 23: Royals Charities Golf Tournament

Royals Charities host the eleventh-annual Royals Charities Celebrity Golf Tournament featuring current and former Royals at the Shadow Glen Golf Club in Olathe, Kan. Sponsors, including Aramark, Bluemedia, DEMDACO, Edelman & Thompson, MillerCoors, Pepsi, Price Chopper, Sprint and The University of Kansas Health Systems. Proceeds from the event benefit Royals Charities and Special Olympics Kansas City.  

Wednesday, April 25: 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. Before the game, Royals Charities presented a check to Dream Factory to help fulfill dream requests throughout the year.

Thursday, April 26: Broadcast Auction

Royals Charities and FOX Sports Kansas City partnered for the ninth-annual Broadcast Auction which will take place throughout the television broadcast when the Royals host the Chicago White Sox. Viewers will have the opportunity to bid on several unique experiences with players and purchase special ticket packages for just $49.  

Friday, April 27: KCP&L VIP KIDS

The Royals and KCP&L host foster care children and their families in the Moose Lodge. Each child from Foster Adopt Connect will receive complimentary tickets, a special t-shirt and a free meal courtesy of ARAMARK and Papa John's Pizza. The special guests also participate in a meet-and-greet with a Royals player before the game.

Friday, April 27: Alex Gordon Classic

The fourth annual Alex Gordon Classic, presented by Price Chopper to benefit the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, April 27-28.  

Saturday, April 28: Noah's Crown Town 5k

Starting pitcher Danny Duffy appeared at the third annual Noah's Crown Town 5K. Proceeds benefit Noah's Bandage Project. Duffy also supports Noah's Bandage Project through his Strikeout Childhood Cancer program in which he donates $1,000 to the organization for each strikeout he throws.  

Saturday, April 28: Kennedy Family Suite

Each Saturday, Pitcher Ian Kennedy and his wife Allison will host a group from the Kansas City area in a fully-catered Dugout Suite. Each guest from Whiteman AFB met Kennedy prior to the 7:15 p.m. game and receive a special gift from the family. 

May

Friday, May 4: Variety Children's Charity of Greater Kansas City Exploration Play Grand Opening

Pitcher Danny Duffy appeared at the Kansas City Zoo to celebrate the grand opening of the Variety KC Exploration Play adaptive playground. Royals Charities announced a grant of $50,000 to Variety KC toward the purchase of carts designed to transport children and families with mobility challenges throughout zoo.  The ceremony took place at 11 a.m. at the playground located near the Africa region of the Kansas City Zoo.

Friday, May 4: Home Run to Health Assembly

An assembly was held to celebrate those who have completed the Home Run to Health program, powered by Sun Life Financial. The event started at 11 a.m. at Eastwood Hills Elementary, located at 5290 Sycamore Ave., Kansas City, Mo. 64129. Royals pitcher Brad Keller, former Royal Les Norman and Royals trainers Sean Bardenett and Dylan Wilson took part in the assembly.  The four-week program began last month, challenging children to learn and use healthy habits and stay active. Those who participated received weekly incentives for completing each week of the program and will be invited to a game during the 2018 season. For more information, visit royals.com/hrtohealth.

Saturday, May 5: Kennedys host Group from KCFD Station 10

Each Saturday, pitcher Ian Kennedy and his wife, Allison, host a group from the Kansas City area in a fully-catered Dugout Suite. This day, guests from Kansas City, Mo., Fire Department Station 10 will meet Kennedy prior to the game and received a special gift from the family.   

Sunday, May 6 : Salute to the Negro Leagues

The Royals and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum pay tribute to Kansas City's rich baseball tradition with this annual salute. On the field, both teams wore Negro Leagues uniforms inspired by uniforms of the early 1920's that fans can bid on after the game at royals.com/NLBM or mlb.com/auction.

Monday, May 14: Breast Cancer Awareness

The Royals hosted the MLB Honorary Batgirl Mila Ellsworth, from Olathe, Kan. Both teams join teams throughout Major League Baseball to wear special pink uniforms on both May 13.

Tuesday, May 15: 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. Before the game, Royals Charities will present a check to Dream Factory to help fulfill dream requests throughout the year.

Thursday, May 17: Safety Day

Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas joined The Hartford and Kansas City Fire Department in teaching children about fire safety. Children in kindergarten through third grade from Troost Elementary will get to see a simulated fire and smoke demonstration in The Hartford's Fire Safety House and have the opportunity to meet local firefighters, tour their fire truck and try on gear. They will also be deputized as Junior Fire Marshals. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Troost Elementary located at 1215 East 59th St., Kansas City, Mo. The Hartford donted a total of $20,000 to the Kansas City public schools district and fire department for fire safety education, as part of the Junior Fire Marshal program.

Friday, May 18: KCP&L VIP Kids

The Royals and KCP&L host foster care children and their families to a select games throughout the season. Each child from Drumm Farm will receive complimentary tickets, a special t-shirt and a free meal courtesy of ARAMARK and Papa John's Pizza. The special guests will also participate in a meet-and-greet with a Royals player before the game.

Friday, May 18:  Green Team

During select games throughout the season, local organizations and volunteers who sign up to be a part of the Royals Green Team, sponsored by Republic Services, will help collect aluminum and recyclable plastics at the stadium gates as well as throughout multiple innings of the game. For more information see royals.com/greenteam 

Saturday, May 19: Kennedys to host Group from SAFE

Each Saturday, pitcher Ian Kennedy and his wife, Allison, will host a group from the Kansas City area in a fully-catered Dugout Suite. This day, guests from SAFE will meet Kennedy prior to the game and receive a special gift from the family.    

Monday, May 28: Gold Star Families Honored

More than 50 Gold Star family members were guests of the Royals and Heroes United, a local nonprofit group dedicated to helping families who have lost a parent to war. The group watched Royals batting practice from the stands behind the Royals dugout before watching the game that evening.

Tuesday, May 29: "C" You at The K presented by Darol Rodrock Foundation

Royals General Manager Dayton Moore, together with the "C" You in the Major Leagues Foundation invited guests from the Police Athletic League of Kansas City will watch batting practice, enjoy dinner with Moore and watch the Royals game. The CYITML Foundation started in January 2014 to support youth baseball, education, faith-based organizations and events and families in crisis throughout the greater Kansas City area and beyond. 

Tuesday, May 29: Cops Are Topps Program Launch

To celebrate the Royals Charities and KCP&L partnership with local law enforcement to distribute special Royals baseball cards to kids, Kansas City, Mo., Police Department uniformed officers joined local volunteers to distribute baseball cards to all fans at the stadium entry gates. During pregame ceremonies, KCP&L representatives were on-field to present an oversized, autographed baseball card to law enforcement officers. For more information, see royals.com/cops.

Wednesday, May 30: 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.  

June

Friday, June 1: Green Team

During select games throughout the season, local organizations and volunteers who sign up to be a part of the Royals Green Team, sponsored by Republic Services, will help collect aluminum and recyclable plastics at the stadium gates as well as throughout multiple innings of the game. For more information see royals.com/greenteam.

Saturday, June 2: Scotts MLB Pitch, Hit & Run

Young baseball and softball players took the Kauffman Stadium field from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. to compete in the team championship of the Scotts MLB Pitch, Hit & Run competition. This spring, hundreds of thoughts of children participated nationwide in the free MLB Pitch, Hit & Run competitions. The top 24 qualifiers from Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and Nebraska will compete at The K in hopes of advancing to the National Finals at the 2018 MLB All-Star Game in Washington, D.C. 

Saturday, June 2: PLAY BALL Weekend Events

As a part of MLB's PLAY BALL weekend before the game, Royals players and coaches will join preselected children in the media press room located on the clubhouse level for a special kids-only press conference. Around 11:00 a.m., children will ask the players and coaches various questions. Royals players will also wear Sandlot inspired PLAY BALL shirts during batting practice and youth baseball and softball will take a central focus during the pregame ceremonies prior to the game.   

Saturday, June 2: Kennedys to host Group from Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)

Each Saturday, pitcher Ian Kennedy and his wife, Allison, will host a group from the Kansas City area in a fully-catered Dugout Suite. This day, guests from the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) will meet Kennedy prior to the game and receive a special gift from the family.   

Sunday, June 3: Royals Welcome Wheelchair Softball Team

The Royals will host members of the Kansas City Royals Wheelchair softball team to the game. Royals Charities purchased new Royals jerseys and hats for the team to represent our city as they compete against other teams leading up to and during the 2018 Wheelchair Softball World Series set to take place this August in Kansas City.

Sunday, June 3: Junior Home Run Derby

The Royals will host the MLB Jr. Home Run Derby Regional Competition at the Kansas City MLB Urban Youth Academy located at 1600 John "Buck" O'Neil Way in Kansas City, Mo. The competitors, boys and girls 14 years old and younger, earned the opportunity to compete at local competitions and will compete to win an all-expense paid trip to the National Finals during the MLB All-Star Week in Washington, D.C. The first round of competition will begin at approximately 9:30 a.m., with the finals taking place shortly after the completion of the first round.