Salvy gives $1 million to Urban Youth Academy in KC

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SURPRISE, AZ - FEBRUARY 25: Salvador Perez #13 of the Kansas City Royals poses for a portrait during spring training photo day at Surprise Stadium on February 25, 2016 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

SURPRISE, Ariz.  — Royals catcher Salvador Perez is donating $1 million to the Urban Youth Academy, a 21-acre development of playing fields and other park amenities near downtown Kansas City, Missouri.

The news Wednesday came one day after Perez signed a $52.5 million, five-year contract that will keep him with Kansas City through the 2021 season. It also coincided with a City Council committee vote to endorse more than $2 million in city funds toward the $7 million first phase.

Other funding has been supplied by the new MLB-MLBPA joint youth development initiative.

Perez, who will have a field named after him, said he wanted to donate to the project to give back to Kansas City. The Royals signed him as a 16-year-old prospect out of Venezuela, and he’s become a fan favorite while helping the franchise to the World Series title last year.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Salvador Perez #13 of the Kansas City Royals celebrates in the clubhouse as Kansas City Royals owner David D. Glass (L) holds the Commissioner's Trophy after the Kansas City Royals defeat the New York Mets to win Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Kansas City Royals defeated the New York Mets with a score of 7 to 2 to win the World Series. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 01: Salvador Perez #13 of the Kansas City Royals celebrates in the clubhouse as Kansas City Royals owner David D. Glass (L) holds the Commissioner’s Trophy after the Kansas City Royals defeat the New York Mets to win Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Kansas City Royals defeated the New York Mets with a score of 7 to 2 to win the World Series. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)