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Community Calendar: 2020

October

October 8: Community Blood Center at Kauffman Stadium

The Kansas City Royals hosted a blood drive through the Community Blood Center at Kauffman**Stadium** on Thursday, October 8. The CBC reports the local blood supply is dangerously low.

September

September 27: Family Line-Up videos

Community Relations and Outreach assisted in the compilation of players families announcing their player.

September 22: Salute to the Negros Leagues celebration

The Kansas City Royals invited Urban Youth Academy nine (9) boys grades 9-12 (Ages 14-18) attending virtual school site via Kansas City Public Schools. Students enjoyed pizza, sides, and dessert from Papa Johns Pizza and a tour of the Negro League Baseball Museum.

September 22: Harvesters Volunteer Day

The Kansas City Royals have partnered with Harvesters-The Community Food Network for the 2020 version of Step Up to the Plate. In conjunction with the two series against the St. Louis Cardinals, the Royals are helping Harvesters pack good for distribution to fight food insecurity in Kansas City.

September 5: Childhood Cancer Awareness Night

The Kansas City Royals joined Major League Baseball in honoring “fighters, survivors and angels” during Childhood Cancer Awareness Night. The Club and Royals Charities have partnered with four local organizations - The University of Kansas Health System, Braden’s Hope for Childhood Cancer, Noah’s Bandage Project and Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation - for various elements of the effort.

September 4: EZ Child ID Event

The Kansas City Police Department joined Royals Charities at the Urban Youth Academy for an EZ Child ID event from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. At the event, families received hard-plastic IDs created for their children. The cards allow children to be identified easier and help law enforcement send out an Amber alert in the case of a missing child. The card will contain the child’s name, date of birth, photo, fingerprints and other identifying elements (no documentation is needed). The information is not stored and will be deleted once the card is printed. There will be three ID stations. KCPD officers will be on hand to interact with the families and answer any questions.

September 3: Roberto Clemente Award

Major League Baseball today announced that Ian Kennedy was named the Kansas City Royals 2020 nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, baseball’s most prestigious individual honor for Major Leaguers. The Roberto Clemente Award is the annual recognition of a Major League player who best represents the game of Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.

August

August 31: Royals Charities Baseball Card Program presented by Evergy

Royals Charities and Evergy are excited to announce the return of the Royals Charities Baseball Card Program presented by Evergy for the remainder of the 2020 season. The Topps baseball cards feature members of the Royals current roster. The cards aim to promote positive interactions in the community, as well as provide important safety tips for children throughout Missouri and Kansas. Police and fire departments are encouraged to apply to receive cards. Royals Charities will respond directly to those departments who apply for baseball cards.

August 28: Jackie Robinson Day

In honor of Jackie Robinson Day, Royals Charities and the Urban Youth Academy are excited to host a group of youth athletes tonight to watch a movie and the game. 42 preselected youths were invited to the KCUYA. Where they will watch the movie, 42, on the Alex Gordon Family field. They will then be able to stay to watch the Royals play the Chicago White Sox.

August 24: Step Up to the Plate

The Royals and St. Louis Cardinals may clash on the baseball field, but they will lock arms in helping to fight hunger in the Greater Kansas City and St. Louis areas. Royals Charities supported Harvesters-The Community Food Network, while Cardinals Cares aided the St. Louis Area Foodbank in the “Step Up to the Plate” initiative.

August 13: Pitch In for Pets

Royals pitcher Josh Staumont and his wife, Angelina, announced their new initiative, Pitch In for Pets. This season, the Staumonts partnered with Royals Charities to cover the adoption fees for at least 100 bully breed dogs through KC Pet Project.

August 13: KCMO RBI and Kansas RBI

Royals Charities and Price Chopper are committed to growing youth baseball in Kansas City and have partnered with Nike to purchase cleats for athletes from the KCMO RBI and Kansas RBI programs.

August 10: VIP Kids

Royals partnered with Evergy to honor our VIP Kids program for local Foster Families. The Royals and Papa John’s Pizza surprised one lucky foster family with a night off from cooking with a special pizza delivery.

August 7-9: Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

Royals Outfielder Alex Gordon teamed up with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and Price Chopper to present the annual Alex Gordon Baseball and Softball Classic to raise money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation Kansas City.

August 7: Max and Ollie’s Guide to Baseball

Join Max as he brings his best friend, Ollie, to the ballpark for a day of fun! They'll learn the basic rules of the game, and why baseball is the best game of all. Royals Pitcher, Mike Montgomery and his wife Stephanie have committed at least $10,000 for the entire 2020 baseball season, to donate a portion of the proceeds from Max and Ollie’s Guide to Baseball will be donated to Royals Charities to support local Kansas City non-profits. Pick up your own copy at the Royals Team Store

August 7: Library Night

The Kansas City Royals teamed up with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City to bring our annual Library Night straight to you at home! The regional library systems are excited to bring you educational and entertaining resources all year round. From the traditional library experience to continuing education and children’s programs, our public libraries serve our communities in a variety of ways. Visit your local library system today!

August 7: Royals Honors Students

The Kansas City Royals are proud to honor the 2019-2020 Royals Honors Students. Royals Honors program honors students who have excelled in academics, attendance, service and citizenship during the 2019-2020 school year. Konica Minolta and the Kansas City Royals are proud to present, the 3rd annual Royals Honors program.

July

July 31: 5K & 10K Run/Walk presented by Price Chopper

Royals Charities is announced a unique approach to a popular event with the current times in mind. The foundation held its annual 5K & 10K Run/Walk presented by Price Chopper virtually this year. The event was previously scheduled for Saturday, August 1.

July 24: Greater Kansas City Day presented by Price Chopper

The Kansas City Royals announced Greater Kansas City Day presented by Price Chopper, which was previously scheduled for April 2, took place on Friday, July 24. Though delayed due to the postponement of the 2020 Major League Baseball Season, this will be the 33rd annual event. Fans who wish to support Royals Charities and the Rotary Youth Camp can purchase flags for $10 at area Price Choppers or online at royals.com/gkcday.

July 23: 50/50 Raffle presented by Edelman & Thompson

Royals Charities is announcing an online 50/50 Raffle presented by Edelman & Thompson starting today, with proceeds benefitting the Urban Neighborhood Initiative.

July 21: Kansas City Public Schools Class of 2020

Royals General Manager Dayton Moore is honored area seniors by recording a commencement speech for Kansas City Public Schools Class of 2020 graduations that were changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “On behalf of the Kansas City Royals and our entire community, we are extremely proud of the Kansas City Public Schools Class of 2020,” said Moore. “We have a strong and committed heart for the next generation of leaders. This class is positioned well to lead strong in the future. No one will ever forget the Class of 2020.”

July 16: Diamond of Dreams presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City

Royals Charities announced the auction from Diamond of Dreams presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, originally scheduled for June 29, held virtually. Proceeds benefited the building of the Kansas City Fisher House, where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment at the Kansas City VA Medical Center.

June 29-July 10: Royals Blood Drive

The Kansas City Royals team up with Community Blood Center for the annual Royals Blood Drive at various locations around Kansas City. With a donation, participants received a Bleed Blue Rally Towel.

July 6: Voter Registration Event

The Kansas City Royals and the Kansas City Urban Youth Academy hosted a voter registration event. Kansas City residents can register to vote for the upcoming November election. The post mark deadline was Monday, July 6.

July 1 – July 31: Kansas City Royals and Dream Factory

The Kansas City Royals and Dream Factory team up to showcase Dream Factory over the Years on social media.

June

June 19: Juneteenth

As we reflect and celebrate alongside our community on Juneteenth, Royals Charities partnered with C&C Produce, the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department, the Kansas City Urban Youth Academy and the USDA to provide over 5,000 boxes of free produce to those in need.

June 9: 2020 All Star Scholars

Royals Charities and Owner John Sherman announce the 2020 All Star Scholars class.

June 5: The Special Olympic Athletes

Royals Players Kevin McCarthy, Ryan McBroom and Brett Philips, send a message of encouragement to the Special Olympic Athletes for the Special Olympic Summer Games Opening Ceremony.

June 3: Community Blood Center at Kauffman Stadium

The Kansas City Royals hosted a blood drive through the Community Blood Center at Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday, June 3. The CBC reports the local blood supply is dangerously low.

May

May 28: Mike & Stephanie Montgomery

Royals Pitcher Mike Montgomery and wife Stephanie, make a donation to the Royals Respond Fund providing relief for a local food pantry.

May 12: Hunter Dozier teams up with Big Brothers Big Sisters

Hunter Dozier teams up with Big Brothers Big Sisters via a virtual cooking class with Royals very own Chef John Woychick. The Big and Little created quesadillas courtesy of a recipe from Chef John via zoom with Hunter and his family.

May 10: Breast Cancer Awareness

The Kansas City Royals are proud to partner with Major League Baseball and the University of Kansas Health Systems each year to promote Breast Cancer Awareness. The 2020 Honorary Bat Girl is Sarah Wareham.

May 5: Giving Tuesday Now

On Tuesday, May 5, Royals Charities joined Harvesters – The Community Food Network for Giving Tuesday Now. Fans supported by donating at the Harvesters webpage. Royals Charities matched donations up to $200,000 through the Royals Respond Fund.

May 5: Fanatics and the Kansas City Royals

Fanatics and the Kansas City Royals donated Royals themed face masks donated to hospitals.

May 4: Nicky Lopez and Papa John’s Pizza

Nicky Lopez and Papa John’s Pizza partner up to donate pizza to feed hospital workers at KU Indian Creek Campus

April

April 22: 50th anniversary of the celebration of Earth Day

The 50th anniversary of the celebration of Earth Day, the Kansas City Royals reminded fans to support eco-friendly initiatives.

April 15: Club 42 presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield

The Kansas City Royals present the 2nd Annual virtual Club 42 presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield. 42 Students from various Kansas City Schools participated in a virtual panel discussion with Royals Associates on how they made a passion turn into a career in baseball.

April 7: #GratefulKC Campaign

Royals Charities through a partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City launch the #gratefulKC campaign using the hashtag #gratefulKC on social to thank essential workers, ran through the month of May

April 5-7: Whit Merrifield Online Auction

Whit Merrifield donated items from his personal closet for a one of a kind online auction. Auction proceeds benefitted Emmanuel Family and Child Development.

March

March 31: Harvesters - The Community Food Network

Kansas City Royals Chairman and CEO John Sherman announced a donation on behalf of Royals investors, players and Royals Charities to Harvesters - The Community Food Network, to fund more than 500,000 meals to address food insecurity in Greater Kansas City during the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 25: Operation BBQ Relief

Royals Charities, through the Royals Respond Fund, partnered Tuesday, May 26, with Operation BBQ Relief, Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbeque and Brancato’s Catering to distribute food to first responders in Kansas City, Mo, and Kansas City, Ks. Some 1,250 first responders from the KCMO police and fire departments and 1,250 first responders from the KCK police and fire departments received the food as a thank you for their hard work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 25: Royals Respond

Today, the Kansas City Royals announced an important community initiative, “Royals Respond,” created to offer support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Led by staff throughout the front office, the effort will offer resources to the community, helpful information and entertaining content for those who miss baseball.

March 20: Step Up to the Sink

Salvador Perez challenged Royals Fans to Step Up to the Sink by singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”.

February

February 21: Baseball Fantasy Camp for Kids Clinic

The Royals hosted approximately 40 children with special needs for the fourth annual Baseball Fantasy Camp for Kids clinic. Located at DreamCatcher Park across the street from the stadium, each child received a personalized jersey and take part in a clinic with stations led by Major League and Minor League Royals players. The Royals have previously hosted this same clinic in Kansas City for the past six years.

January

January 30: Whiteman Air Force Base

Royals players and broadcaster Rex Hudler visited service members at Whiteman Air Force Base. While there, they had lunch with service members, met with 509 Maintenance Airmen and pilots, and tour the B-2 Stealth Bomber. They also signed autographs and took group photos.