KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Thousands of Royals fans were out today participating in the Relay the Way event, having a great time and making memories.
But when the ball had been passed from fan to fan, the event was still making a difference.
That's because when all of those folks signed up for the event, they made a donation to the Urban Youth Academy.
And for Kansas City kids, that money will be making a difference long after Opening Day.
It was no accident that the first pitch to raise money for the academy came from Royals General Manager Dayton Moore. Growing leaders is his game.
"I know what it meant to so many other people's lives, and players not only in the major leagues, but players that you've never even heard of, and they went on to be great sons, and great brothers, and they went on to be great husbands and great fathers, and they can trace it back to the game and relationships they had, and talking in the dugout and coaches in their lives," Moore said.
As the ball headed toward KC's future home of the Urban Youth Academy, players hurled it from glove to glove.
Kids got to play an epic game of catch with the Moore, Mayor Sly James, and Hall of Famer George Brett.
The Urban Youth Academy promises to teach not just the fundamentals of the game, but lessons youngsters can use later on in life.
The academy promises to show the youth of Kansas City that the people of this city care about them, and support them, and want to help them succeed.