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Press Release – The Kansas City Royals will make a goodwill trip to Joplin on Monday, September 24, as part of the club’s ongoing support of the city’s recovery and rebuilding effort.
During the visit, club representatives will work with Habitat for Humanity on several new homes being built for victims of the tornado that ripped through the city on May 22, 2011.
The Royals contingent is scheduled to include pitcher Danny Duffy, Royals Hall of Fame first baseman John Mayberry, former first baseman Willie Aikens, former outfielder Brian McRae, former infielder Greg Pryor, former pitcher Shawn Sedlacek and mascot Sluggerrr.
More than 30 front offices associates are scheduled to volunteer for the day and will be joined by staff from the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, the club’s Double-A affiliate in Springdale, Arkansas.
The trip is taking place in conjunction with the Governor’s Joplin Challenge, a year-long initiative promoted by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to mobilize sports entities in Missouri in supporting the build of 35 homes in Joplin.
Together with Habitat for Humanity volunteers, the Royals will work on five homes in the “Royals neighborhood.”
In addition, Sluggerrr and the former players will have an opportunity to meet with residents of Joplin, including the families who will be moving into the Royals neighborhood, and thank volunteers for their selfless service.
Fans are encouraged to visit www.joplinchallenge.mo.gov for information on the initiative.
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