1/27/2014 1:18 P.M. ET
Royals Caravan set to meet fans throughout midwest
Academy Sports + Outdoors Partners with Royals to Launch Season and Support Military Members
By / MLB.com
The annual Royals Caravan, presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, opens on January 29 and 30 with three simultaneous trips that will make stops in cities across Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and Nebraska.
Beginning in 1968, the Royals have embarked on the annual Royals Caravan to visit fans throughout the Midwest. This January, several current and former Royals players, broadcasters and front office personnel will join Royals mascot Sluggerrr for Caravan events.
Again this year, the Royals will partner with the USO chapters of Fort Riley and Missouri to collect items for military members. Fans may donate washcloths, individually wrapped toothbrushes, beef jerky, drink packets and pudding cups, which will be distributed to military members serving overseas and returning from duty. Fans can also bring or make hand-written "Thank You" cards for troops at the Caravan stops. Royals Charities will donate $1 to the USO for every card received (up to $10,000).
Three Caravans will trek across the Midwest on separate bus trips including the Blue, White and Gold Caravans (details listed below). Royals players scheduled to appear include pitchers Aaron Crow, Jeremy Guthrie, Donnie Joseph and Everett Teaford, designated hitter Billy Butler, infielder Johnny Giavotella, and outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon. Manager Ned Yost, Royals Hall of Famers Dennis Leonard and Jeff Montgomery, former first baseman Willie Aikens and former outfielder Brian McRae are also scheduled to participate. Joining the trips will be Royals Broadcasting team members including Joel Goldberg, Rex Hudler, Ryan Lefebvre, Steve Physioc and Steve Stewart.
At public Royals Caravan events, autographs may be limited to the first 150 people in line. Autograph cards will be distributed starting one hour prior to the appearance start time. Additional autographs will be signed as time allows.
Following the initial trips, the club will host Royals FanFest, presented by Commerce Bank, on January 31 and February 1 at Bartle Hall at the Kansas City Convention Center. The event will feature appearances by current and former Royals, interactive games for fans of all ages, main stage events and more. A portion of the proceeds will again benefit Royals Charities.
A "Salute to the Military" trip will take place on February 4, visiting Manhattan and Ft. Riley, Kan. Scheduled participants include Hall of Fame third baseman George Brett, Royals Hall of Famer John Mayberry and legendary broadcaster Denny Matthews. Details of the trip will be announced soon. .
A schedule of Caravan events for January 29 and 30 is listed below and also available at www.royals.com/caravan.
2014 Royals Caravan presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors
Wednesday, January 29 - Blue Caravan Trip - Day #1
Participants: Jeremy Guthrie (Cameron & St. Joseph only), Everett Teaford, Ned Yost (Olathe only), Dennis Leonard, Willie Aikens (Olathe only), Ryan Lefebvre, Steve Stewart and Sluggerrr
Cities: Cameron, St. Joseph, Mo., and Overland Park, Olathe, Kan.
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Meet & Greet at Nelle's Restaurant
2106 U.S. 36 in Cameron
Hosted by KKWK-FM
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Meet & Greet at Hy-Vee
201 North Belt Highway in St. Joseph
Hosted by KFEQ-AM
7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Meet & Greet at Academy Sports + Outdoors
9781 Quivira Rd in Overland Park
(Teaford, Leonard and Lefebvre)
7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Meet & Greet at Academy Sports + Outdoors
14405 West 135th St. in Olathe
(Yost, Aikens and Stewart)
Thursday, January 30 - Blue Caravan Trip - Day#2
Participants: Alex Gordon, Everett Teaford, Dennis Leonard and Joel Goldberg
Cities: Lincoln, Blair and Omaha, Neb.
11:30a.m.-12:30p.m. Meet & Greet at Gary Michael's Clothiers
6000 Village Dr. in Lincoln
Hosted by KNTK The Ticket 93.7 FM, Sports Radio
2 - 3 p.m. School Visit at Arbor Park Intermediate School
1717 Adams Street in Blair
Hosted by KBLR-FM
Private event. Members of the media are invited to attend.
4 - 5 p.m. Meet & Greet at The Strike Zone
2900 S. 110th St. in Omaha
Hosted by Omaha Storm Chasers, Cox Communications & 1620 The Zone
Wednesday, January 29 - White Caravan Trip - Day #1
Participants: Johnny Giavotella, Donnie Joseph, Jeff Montgomery and Rex Hudler
Cities: Clinton, Springfield and Joplin, Mo.
11:30a.m.-12:30p.m. School visit at Henry Elementary School
809 S 8th St. in Clinton
Hosted by KDKD-AM
Private event. Members of the media are invited to attend.
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Meet & Greet at Academy Sports + Outdoors
610 El Camino Alto Dr. in Springfield
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Meet & Greet at Academy Sports + Outdoors
1717 S Range Line Rd. in Joplin
Hosted by KKOW-AM
Thursday, January 30 - White Caravan Trip - Day #2
Participants: Lorenzo Cain, Johnny Giavotella, Donnie Joseph, Jeff Montgomery and Rex Hudler
Cities: Fayetteville, Ark., Coffeyville and Wichita, Kan.
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Meet & Greet at Academy Sports + Outdoors
3864 N. Steele Blvd. in Fayetteville
Hosted by NW Arkansas Naturals
3:15 - 4:15 p.m. Meet & Greet at Community Elementary School
102 Cline Rd. in Coffeyville
Hosted by KGGF-AM
7 - 8 p.m. Meet & Greet at Academy Sports + Outdoors
2710 N Maize Rd. in Wichita
Hosted by KFH Radio
Wednesday, January 29 - Gold Caravan Trip
Participants: Billy Butler, Aaron Crow, Brian McRae, Steve Physioc and Sluggerrr
Cities: Emporia, Topeka and Lawrence, Kan.
12 - 1 p.m. Meet & Greet at Bruff's Sports Bar & Grill
2640 W 18th in Emporia
Hosted by KVOE-AM
3 - 4 p.m. Meet & Greet at Skinny's Sports Bar
4016 SW Huntoon St. in Topeka
Hosted by WIBW-AM & Cox Communications
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Meet & Greet at Wayne & Larry's Sports Bar
933 Iowa St. in Lawrence
Hosted by KLWN-AM
Please note that all participants are subject to change. For additional information, members of the media may contact the Royals Publicity Department at (816) 921-8000.
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