“C” You In The Community
“C” You In The Community is an opportunity for local businesses to partner with “C” You In The Major Leagues to donate a percentage of sales on a certain day either each week or each month to “C” You In The Major Leagues.
For December 2016-March 2017, we’re highlighting EPIC Coffee (www.EpicCoffeeKC.com), which is donating 10% of their sales, plus tips, to the foundation. EPIC Coffee has been a supporter of CYITML since opening their doors in October 2015, and we can’t thank them enough for continuing that partnership for the early months of 2017.
If you’d like to become part of the “C” You In The Community program, please contact us.
“C” You At The “K”
Once a month during the Royals’ 2016 season, 12-15 high school students from six local youth organizations were invited to Kauffman Stadium for a unique experience. “C” You At The “K,” which will continue throughout the 2017 season, is an opportunity for high school students from underserved areas of greater Kansas City to watch batting practice, receive a 30-minute character-building and leadership discussion from Dayton Moore and others, have a nice dinner, and then enjoy a Royals game.
The following nonprofit groups participated in “C” You At The “K” during the 2016 season:
KCMO POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE
The mission of the Police Athletic League (PAL) of the Kansas City Missouri Police Department is to offer youth the opportunity to interact with police officers in a positive setting while participating in cultural, mentoring and sports programs, with the main emphasis placed on academics. The PAL Center is located at 1801 White Ave., Kansas City, Mo. The PAL Center is supervised by Kansas City Missouri Police Officers who are assigned full-time to direct activities and oversee the young people. With the help of community volunteers, these officers provide the youth of Kansas City with the proper guidance, life skills, and opportunities to help them become productive adults who contribute to their communities. (kcpal.org)
“I saw the looks on the kids faces as Dayton was talking and I could tell that the wheels were turning. So many of the kids we work with don’t have anyone in their lives to tell them that they ‘can’ do something. Too often they just see what’s happening around them and think that that’s just supposed to be their life. After listening to Dayton I could tell that several of them felt a little spark and now have heard from someone else that they ‘can.'” — Shawnie Nix, KCMO PAL
Since 2010, Success Achieved in Future Environments (S.A.F.E) has provided summer baseball and softball through its KCK RBI program to more than 4,100 inner-city boys and girls ages 3-18. Currently KCK RBI, which was renamed Kansas RBI in December 2015, has 57 participants who are now attending college, 25 former players have continued on to play college baseball/softball and 18 players had the honor of participating in the 2012 Major League Baseball All Star week and Jr. RBI Classic. In 2015, Wyandotte County 3&2 was renovated into a $1.4 million state of the art showcase turf field and renamed Barton- Ross Complex. (kckrbi.org/)
Ozanam was founded in 1948 and represents more than 65 years of providing the best quality services to at-risk youth, young adults and families. Through the years, Ozanam has grown from a single-service agency into a multi-service treatment center. On its main campus, Ozanam offers residential and day treatment programs for older adolescents. In the community, Ozanam provides transitional living services for young adults, professional mentoring for children in foster care, and consultation services for teachers and administrators in schools throughout the Midwest. (Ozanam.org)
BOYS HOPE GIRLS HOPE OF KANSAS CITY
Boys Hope Girls Hope of Kansas City (BHGH of KC) is a long-term and comprehensive year-round residential scholarship program focused on whole-person youth development with emphasis on education. BHGH of KC works with boys who are bright and capable but have family circumstances that would otherwise limit their opportunities to reach their full potential. There is no other college preparatory program in our region that combines a rigorous, comprehensive array of educational resources and programming with around-the-clock, year-round care to children whose living situation would otherwise be difficult. BHGH of KC uses the gifts of education, the stability of home, the value of service and the promise of hope as instruments for transforming children’s lives and affecting future generations within their families. (http://www.boyshopegirlshope.org/kansascity/)
“We are so grateful to the “C” You In The Major Leagues Foundation and the Kansas City Royals! Every aspect of the incredible evening planned for our scholars made them feel like special guests. Dayton Moore and Darol Rodrock personally took time to inspire and encourage young people in how to focus to achieve their goals and dreams with character, integrity, passion and hard work. Even more, they allowed them to ask questions and gave honest, heartfelt answers. When successful adults take time to reach out and bless children within their communities, amazing things happen and future leaders are born. Thank you!” — Kimberly Hines, Executive Director, BHGH of KC
The RBI program at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City gives boys and girls, ages 5-18, the opportunity to play baseball and softball, all the while learning the importance of teamwork, leadership and life skills. The Boys & Girls Clubs began operating the RBI program in Kansas City in 1996. Since then it has grown from 150 youths to more than 900 each season. Since 2009, more than 130 “graduates” of the program have gone on to attend college, and 54 have received college scholarships to play baseball. (http://bgc-gkc.org/rbi/)
ALTA VISTA HIGH SCHOOL/GUADALUPE CENTER
After more than a year of planning and collaborating with the district and DeLaSalle Education Center, Guadalupe Centers, Inc. opened the doors in the fall of 1989 to an alternative high school at Alta Vista Church in the Westside neighborhood. The four-classroom high school was housed in the basement of the church and had a handful of instructors and a total enrollment of 20 students. While GCI recognized much more needed to be done in this area, the organization felt it needed to do its part even if in a small way, to try and stem the tide of the growing Latino high school dropout rate. Over time, the school took on the name of the church where it operated, grew in terms of students and faculty, strengthened its curriculum and instruction, and began to graduate students with high school diplomas or general equivalency degrees. More importantly GCI through the school was able to create a sense of hope and future for these students and their families; and demonstrated to the community at large that these students could achieve academically in the right environment. Eventually the school outgrew its basement location and as a result GCI acquired a property at 17th and Holly in the Westside to house the school. In 1999, GCI was successful in receiving sponsorship from the University of Central Missouri for Alta Vista High School and the school became chartered as a public school by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. (http://www.altavistacharterschools.org/alta-vista-charter-high-school-en)
“What an amazing evening. “C” You You in the Major Leagues Foundation and the Kansas City Royals are truly class acts and made our students feel very special. …Dayton spent about 45 minutes answering all (the students’) questions. You could tell he really enjoyed our company. Both Dayton and Darol (Rodrock) are very impressive gentleman and it’s clear they care deeply about relationships and helping people. Their message was clear — follow your passion, put others first and no matter what “never give up”! A nice dinner followed and Dayton got to know us even more personally, he seemed more interested in us and our stories than most people do. It made the kids feel valued to be cared about by such an important person to our city. The night concluded by us getting great seats to watch the Royals game. The whole evening was awesome and we will never forget it.”
–Justin Hartmann, Teacher/Coach Alta Vista High School, KCMO
The “C” You In The Major Leagues Foundation would like to thank the Darol Rodrock Foundation for its generous support in underwriting this program and for helping to positively influence underserved and at-risk high school students in greater Kansas City.
“C” You In The Major Leagues Baseball Camp
The “C” You In The Major Leagues Foundation teams up in June with the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City to conduct a four-day baseball camp for players from ages 9-12 years old. The camp emphasizes helping youth develop their baseball skills, while growing the game of baseball among young people throughout the Kansas City area.
Participants take part in three days of drills and skill training under the direction of CYITML founder and executive director Dayton Moore, who’s joined by baseball people from the Royals organization and the Kansas City baseball community. Former major-league players make appearances during the camp to share their experiences.
On the fourth and final day of camp, go to Kauffman Stadium for a fun-filled and memorable Day at the K experience. Campers visit the player’s clubhouse, dugouts and training facilities before practicing on the field itself.