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Greater Kansas City Day

Greater Kansas City Day is when our community works together for one unifying cause: to give the disabled and disadvantaged youth of our great city a chance to have a normal camping experience—one that would otherwise be impossible at other camps.

On this inspiring day, The Kansas City Star publishes special edition newspapers to commemorate opening day for the Kansas City Royals. Royals Charities also designs a limited edition flag to sell just for Greater Kansas City Day. Volunteers pitch in to sell them all over the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area, with proceeds going directly to the Rotary Youth Camp and to support the youth of Kansas City. 

Every year, thousands of Rotary Club volunteers and donors work together to make Greater Kansas City Day a success. In fact, it has become one of the largest one-day fundraisers in the metropolitan area, with millions of dollars raised for area charities.

Past honorary chairs of Greater Kansas City Day include local legends like Muriel and Ewing Kauffman, Buck O’Neil, George Brett, Dick Vermeil, Dan and David Glass, Adele Hall and Henry Bloch. They, like so many other Kansas Citians, understand the vital mission that takes place every year on opening day. This is not simply a fundraiser featuring commemorative newspapers, it’s a chance to change lives—forever.

When you buy a special edition newspaper or flag on Greater Kansas City Day, you’re immediately enriching the lives of our campers, and for that, we are forever grateful. Thank you, Kansas City!

Find out more details about our partnership with Royals Charities and Greater Kansas City Day on the Royals MLB.com website.

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How You Can Get Involved

There are so many was to get involved with Greater Kansas City Day!

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Following MLB’s lead, Greater Kansas City Day is tentatively scheduled for Royals Opening Day

As all of you are probably aware by now, following the newly updated recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) restricting events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks, the opening of the 2020 regular season Major League Baseball has pushed back in accordance with that guidance.

We take the safety and health of our community very seriously and have chosen to follow their lead in regards to Greater Kansas City Day. This event is tentatively rescheduled for the new Royals home opener.  This means that Greater Kansas City Day will not be on April 2nd this year but will be on the date selected by MLB to hold the Royals opening game. This means that all dates regarding the Greater Kansas City Day fundraiser will be shifted accordingly.

It is important to note that we will still need your continued support for this event to succeed. We are hopeful that we will need volunteers at this later date to sell papers and flags as appropriate to the recommendations of public health experts at that time. However, with the rapidly changing situation regarding the novel coronavirus, we do not know for sure. The Greater Kansas City Day committee and Royals Charities will be regularly meeting to discuss our options and how to best preserve this event yet still uphold the health and safety of all involved.

There are ways you can make Greater Kansas City Day a success and continue your work to support the youth of Kansas City, even with this postponement. The first being through sponsorship. We sell sponsorship for this event, which help magnify our efforts. Our sponsorship packages include Crown Vision recognition on Royals Opening Day, Royals tickets, newsletter recognition, and Royals apparel. “Always Royal” flags are also available online, and we recommend sharing the online sale’s link through your media channels. Flag sales are already live and will be shipped out after the Opening Day game. Buying a flag online is a great way to support our cause as we work through this delay. Finally, we ask that everyone takes to social media to further support Greater Kansas City Day. While this event and the Royals home opener is postponed, it is not canceled, and we rely on the support of our community to continue to make this event a success.

Thank you for sticking with us as we navigate this changing time in our community. Please be on the lookout for continued updates.

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