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Baseball equipment drive set for April 25
04/21/2008 11:21 AM ET
KANSAS CITY -- The Kansas City Royals and the Baseball Tomorrow Fund will team up for the fourth annual Royals Baseball Equipment Drive on Friday, April 25, prior to the Royals 7:10 p.m. game against the Toronto Blue Jays. This season's Baseball Equipment Drive will benefit the Guadalupe Center Youth Baseball Program.

Royals Wives will greet fans and collect new and gently used baseball and softball equipment from 5:30-7 p.m. at Gate B of Kauffman Stadium, while Guadalupe Center volunteers will be stationed at Gate A to collect from fans entering the stadium. All types of baseball equipment are requested, including gloves, baseballs, bases, batting tees, bats, batting helmets, shoes and uniforms.

In addition, Guadalupe Center, Inc. will receive a $5,000 donation from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund. The check presentation will take place on Wednesday, April 23, prior to the Royals 7:10 p.m. game against the Cleveland Indians.

Guadalupe Center, Inc. serves more than 700 youth in the Kansas City Metro area through several in-school, after-school and sports programs. This year, more than 150 children will participate in youth baseball through Guadalupe Centers, Inc. The mission of the organization is to improve the quality of life for individuals in the Latino communities of Greater Kansas City.

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is designed to promote and enhance the growth of baseball throughout the world by funding programs, field improvements and equipment purchases all in an effort to encourage and maintain youth participation in baseball and softball. Since its inception in 1999, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund has awarded grants totaling more than $9 million and benefiting more than 100,000 youth.

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