The Alex Gordon Classic youth baseball tournament, presented by Price Chopper, to benefit the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, presented by Midwest Sports Productions, brings together over 120 teams across the Midwest to play and raise money to battle childhood cancer. Gordon appears at the event to address the participants sharing his passion for both youth baseball and battling cancer. The top fundraising teams are invited to watch batting practice, participate in pregame activities with Gordon prior to enjoying the Royals game. Royals Charities and Price Chopper support Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation with a donation in honor of this event.
The Kansas City Royals support programming throughout the season to help FIGHT CANCER in the Kansas City area. While one of Royals Charities' priorities is to provide grants to organizations supporting pediatric cancer awareness and research in the Kansas City area, it also joins the Royals in their fight against cancer by making grants to organizations supporting research and awareness for cancers primarily affecting adults. This page provides fans an overview of the Royals' community relations department and Royals Charities' impact in the community to help FIGHT CANCER!
Alex Gordon Classic - Presented by Price Chopper
Royals players join our "kid heroes" through Braden's Hope for Childhood Cancer at Kauffman Stadium for photo shoots on the field, in the dugout, in the bullpen, or on the Little "K." Volunteer photographers create special memories for the kids fighting cancer, their families, and the players. With those photographs, a calendar is created and proceeds from the calendar are donated by Royals Charities to Braden's Hope for Childhood Cancer. Calendars are typically sold starting in September and can be purchased at royals.com/calendar.
Breast Cancer Awareness Night
Royals Charities hosts an online auction offering unique Royals memorabilia that players wear to increase breast cancer awareness on Mother's Day. Proceeds from the online auction support Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City. In addition, the presenting sponsor of the 50/50 Raffle, Edelman & Thompson, has continued to choose Komen as a special beneficiary of the night's 50/50 Raffle prize pot. The 2018 season's awareness night will take place on Friday, August 10. Breast cancer survivors will be honored on the field before first pitch, and Kaycee the "W" Guy will place a pink W after the game when the Royals win.
Danny Duffy Pitching Lessons and Bandage Drives
Royals players visited Noah Wilson shortly after he was diagnosed with cancer in April 2014 when he was only 6 years old. When his treatment began, he found himself getting pokes almost daily. The hospital where he was being treated did not have cool bandages, leaving the children there having to settle for the boring brown ones. Noah saw this as an opportunity to help his fellow patients, and decided that he wanted to start collecting cool and fun bandages for his new friends. Noah passed away in June 2015, and shortly thereafter, the Royals held a bandage drive at Kauffman Stadium, which has become an annual collection held during Pediatric Cancer Awareness Night. In addition to collecting fun bandages, Noah's Bandage Project raises money for pediatric cancer research through Kansas City area children's hospitals.
Danny Duffy has offered personal support to Noah's Bandage Project in many ways. In 2018, Royals Charities will facilitate four pitching lessons with the Royals pitcher and 100% of the proceeds raised will directly benefit Noah's Bandage Project's efforts to support pediatric cancer research. Only four pitching lessons are available, and the minimum donation required is $2,500. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, and a representative will respond to your inquiry. Pitching lessons are limited and are available on a "first come, first served" basis, which will be determined by the time-stamp indicating when the message was received by Royals Charities.
Pitching Lesson Guidelines
- A minimum donation to Royals Charities of $2,500 is required. The cost of goods and services provided in exchange for this donation will be reported to the donor for tax purposes as $1,000.
- The pitching lesson will be scheduled on a mutually determined date by the donor, Royals Charities, Noah's Bandage Project, and Danny Duffy after payment is received by Royals Charities from the donor and will be scheduled with the Royals pitching rotation in-mind.
- The pitching lesson will last one hour.
- Each lesson will be held at a location solely determined by Royals Charities. A lesson can be held at Kauffman Stadium, but another suitable location can be substituted.
- No more than four children and four adults can participate in a single lesson. Four adults can attend without children, but adults cannot be added or exceed four.
- This list of guidelines is intended as an overview. Once payment has been received, a certificate will be received by the donor from Royals Charities. The certificate will contain all guidelines and restrictions for the pitching lesson and will be the deciding document should any questions arise.
Enjoy Lemonade at the Ballpark - Presented by Aramark
For every freshly squeezed lemonade sold at Kauffman Stadium, Aramark and Royals Charities will make a donation to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation to support pediatric cancer research.
Father's Day and Men's Cancer Awareness
Every Father's Day, Royals Charities hosts an online auction offering unique Royals memorabilia that players wear to increase prostate cancer awareness. Proceeds from the online auction support organizations focused on improving awareness around cancers primarily impacting men, including the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
Pediatric Cancer Awareness Night
In 2017, Pediatric Cancer Awareness Night benefited Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, Braden's Hope for Childhood Cancer, Noah's Bandage Project, and Pinky Swear Foundation through Royals Charities. These organizations were available at Kauffman Stadium to share information about their missions and pediatric cancer. In addition, Royals Charities raised funding to be donated to these organizations through an online auction and the 50/50 Raffle during Pediatric Cancer Awareness Night typically held in September during Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. And, when the Royals win, Kaycee the "W" Guy will place a yellow W after the game in honor of pediatric cancer awareness.
Royals Family Lemonade Stands
Jamie Gordon, wife of outfielder Alex Gordon, leads the Royals Wives and their children in selling lemonade to raise money for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation in the Outfield Experience at Kauffman Stadium. In addition, Royals Wives sell mystery bags featuring a baseball autographed by a Royals player.