In addition to the wonderful initiatives listed above, MLB and the Royals also hosted several other community events and activities during a memorable All-Star Week. Highlights included:
MLB and the Royals, in partnership with Starlight Childrenâs Foundation, unveiled a Fun Center mobile entertainment unit - featuring a Nintendo WiiTM, DVD player and a Sharp AQUOSTM LCD TV - for patients at Childrenâs Mercy Hospital. The ease with which Fun Centers roll up to the side of young patients' beds or anywhere in a hospital setting makes them perfect for hospitalized children to distract them from pain and anxiety, and alleviate stress, loneliness and isolation.
Special needs children from Little League's Challenger and PONY Baseball/Softball Champions divisions played a one-inning game, with the help of volunteers from the Royals, on the outfield grass at Kauffman Stadium.
MLB and the Royals hosted six kids with life-threatening medical conditions from Make-A-Wish Â® that wished to attend the MLB All-Star Game.
The fourth annual friendly, round-robin tournament provided hundreds of young Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) baseball and softball players an opportunity to participate in MLB All-Star Week.
The tournament consisted of eight baseball and four softball teams of 11-12 year olds from around the United States and Canada, including Toronto Blue Jays RBI, who represented the first Canadian team in Jr. RBI Classic history.