Editor’s note: This was published before the Royals clinched the American League championship and earned a spot in the 2014 World Series. We’re so proud of our “boys in blue”!
The Kansas City Royals have a lot to be proud of lately – heading to the playoffs for the first time since 1985; sweeping the Los Angeles Angels in the ALDS; Billy Butler stealing a base; and now they are only one win away from heading to the World Series. The 2014 season has kept us on the edge of our seat, and the players keep inspiring us. One player in particular has lent his star power to raise awareness of the need for foster parents and inspired others to help local children in need.
This past year, KVC partnered with the Royals, KCP&L and pitcher James Shields to offer a support program for children in foster care and their families. During the 2014 season, Shields hosted 250 children and families at 5 Royals home games in section 206 of Kauffman Stadium. Fans in the Big Game James Section got to meet Shields before the game, received a t-shirt and enjoyed pizza during the game.
“This is a cause that is near and dear to my heart,” said Shields. “My wife and I started working with foster children when I was with the Rays, and I’m excited to continue with the Royals and KCP&L. Spending a day out at the ballpark is a great family activity, and I hope this program helps bring foster kids and families closer together as we try to find permanent homes for these children.”
Shields also teamed up with University of Kansas head coach Bill Self to film a PSA for KVC, educating the public about the need for foster parents. Fans can catch the commercial during the upcoming ALCS games.