Kennedy happy to serve Royals' community

Right-hander teams with City Union Mission to feed homeless

November 14th, 2017

KANSAS CITY -- Two years ago, right-hander had signed a five-year deal with the Royals and vowed to make Kansas City his home.

Kennedy has done that, but not solely by setting up roots here. He has done so by becoming actively involved in the community as well.

For the second straight year, Kennedy recently took time out to serve a Thanksgiving meal to the homeless at the City Union Mission Men's Center near downtown Kansas City.

"I love it because a year ago, we heard what the Mission does with the Men's Center and the Family Center," Kennedy said. "It's kind of become a tradition with our family. Once a week, we serve the Family City Union with our kids and my wife.

"We don't get to spend a lot of time with the Men's Center, but we did this here last year and really enjoyed it. We really like their mission, and their goals and their passion. We love it."

For Kennedy, it's a way to stay connected to the community, especially with those less fortunate.

"You do feel connected when you do this," he said. "Sometimes, you get stuck in your own little bubble. There are a lot of things going on in the city where you can help. My faith is really important to me, so this is important. It's not only about giving them food, but to give them a sense of faith."

Kennedy and his family have done service like this in previous cities he played in, but not on this scale.

"In Arizona, we did some things," Kennedy said. "But once we got here, with what the Royals do in their community, it's different from other teams. It's so much more. So we decided to jump right in."