KCK RBI working to keep baseball magic alive for metro kids

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KANSAS CITY, Kan.-- The Major League Baseball season is over and we all know how exciting it was. The Kansas City Royals postseason run unified the metro, and it also created an opportunity for Royals charities to raise more money than usual. One of the organizations benefitting is the KCK-RBI program.

"It's been a long time coming on final lap of gettting to where we need to be to have this bad boy renovated and have the kids play come may 2015," said Cle Ross.

Ross is the director of the KCK-RBI program. He bought the land near 53rd and Parallel in 2008 with the dream inner-city kids would be playing baseball there.

"If you live in the inner city, KCK-RBI is your way to play sports throughout the summer," explained Ross.

The program started in 2010 with 300 kids, four years later that number has more than tripled. But in that time, the fields - every part of them - have deteriorated.

The brush is so thick you can't use the stairs to get from the parking lot to the field. Instead, a makeshift road along the outfield is the safest way in. The outfield isn't level and the backstop and bleachers are about to fall down. The kids still like to play there and Ross hopes they'll love playing when it's in game shape.

The Kansas City Royals made a $200,000 donation during the ALCSA and more than $180,000 more came through the MLB's Tomorrow Fund.

The lights around the field don't work but despite darkness falling, the kids continued playing on their soon to be "Field of Dreams". Ross says the program, money and fields are all about them.

"These kids, they love it, this is their outlet, this is their opportunity and as director of program I do what ever I can to help them get to where they're trying to go," said Ross.

Ross says it will take another $600,000 to complete the entire complex. He's hopeful citizens or corporations will chip in with money, time or equipment. You can get more information at KCKRBI.org