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DEAR ROOKIE KCREW

Dear Rookie KCrew,

Welcome to our squad! We are so excited for you to be a part of the best Crew in MLB! There are a few things you need to know before we get the season kicked off:

1. We have the best fans in baseball! Meet as many of them as possible. Get to know their names, and seek them out at as many games as you can. Baseball is even more fun when shared with friends.

2. Your name will be chanted and yelled almost as much as some of our players’ names. Enjoy it, but do not let it get to your head…you’re only a celebrity in the stadium. (People look at you a little oddly if you try to start a slow clap at the grocery store.)

3. Blue is your new favorite color. Get used to it! Whether it’s royal or powder, you’ll notice that your wardrobe will soon be overpowered by those beautiful hues.

4. Wear sunscreen! Those Sunday games in July and August can be brutal! Be kind to your skin.

5. It will take you a few weeks to get used to maneuvering the stadium. Don’t let any of the veterans fool you…at some point, every one of us walked an unnecessary circle around the stadium as we frantically searched for a specific section of the ballpark.

6. Take good care of your radio! We are spread out all over the stadium throughout the game, and our radios are the best way of communicating with each other, our bosses, and the control room.

7. Pack your bag for game days wisely! We live in Kansas City, and that means that it could be beautiful and balmy in the beginning of a game and turn to stormy and frigid by the end of the same game. Be prepared for anything! (And don’t forget pre-game snacks!)

8. You are a role model to thousands of young fans!  Make every moment with them special!

9. Start practicing your signature – - – you’ll be writing your name a lot this summer!

10. Lastly, you will learn a lot from the veteran KCrew girls this year, but you will also teach us many things. It is the blend of old and new KCrew that makes us better each season! This is a big year for KC, and a great time to be a part of the Royals organization. Smile lots, have fun, and GO ROYALS!

Love,

KCrew Veteran Taylor

2012 KCrew Photo Day

While spring training has just begun, we on KCrew also prepare before the season starts too. We just recently had our annual Photo Day at the stadium. All eighteen of us gathered (for the first time) to take pictures, video clips, and different fun shots. Yes, I did say eighteen of us! We welcome the rookies: Lauren Rob, Heather, Paige, Lauren Rog, Alexandra, Kayla, Alex, Chloe, Rachel, and Kelsey. We are all looking forward to them joining us as this exciting season approaches.

On Photo Day we were split up into three groups and rotated to three different stations. The first station was individual photos. We took different full length shots for our poster (be watching for that at the games) and also used props. The props included a baseball, glove, bat, signs, and sombrero. Those pictures were fun because it was a chance for us to really be ourselves.
Next we rotated to the “green screen.” There we did a variety of things you may see throughout the season on CrownVision. Those include reciting the Code of Conduct, thanking all of you; our fans, the infamous slow clap, and other surprises.
Finally, we did our video shoot. This was a chance for us to answer silly questions about ourselves. You will be surprised at what questions we were asked, so you will just have to watch for those videos during the games or even online to find out.
We are all very excited for the season to begin but before that can happen, we have more work to do. Be on the lookout for another blog about our upcoming dance practices!
Go Royals! -KCrew Megan

KCrew in the Community

Being a part of KCrew is more than just being present at all of the Royals games. We are lucky enough to get the opportunity to be involved with the community in a variety of ways. We have been a part of birthday parties, golf tournaments, parades, diabetes and heart walks, and our favorite, community charity events.

On August 30th, Sam and I had the chance to be involved with an appearance to support Royals Charities. On that day, the California Pizza Kitchen in Leawood, Kansas gave 20% of each ticket to Royals Charities when the party mentioned their support. We had such a blast with everyone who came out…even Sluggerrr! And the greatest part was the yummy pizza!

Here we are joined with a couple getting ready to order and support Royals Charities!

Royals Charities supports a variety of non-profit organizations in the area including Operation Breakthrough, Special Olympics of the Greater Kansas City Metro, Children’s Charity of Greater Kansas City, and many more! If you would like more information about Royals Charities or if you would like to donate, please contact Joy at joy.sedlacek@royals.com.

See you at the K! – Megan R.

Our Lives Outside of KCrew

Our lives outside of KCrew involve many things.  It’s exciting to share a part of my life with another KCrew member!

Sam and I are both enrolled in nursing school and we had the opportunity to travel to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala in January.  We were there for ten days and set up clinics in various villages across the country.  Every day we would see and assess 60-100 children.  Children and families do not have access to healthcare like we do here in the US.  So we basically gave them their “yearly check-up.” 

It was hard at first with the language barrier, but overtime we learned simple phrases like “abra su boca” (open your mouth) and “quitate los zapatos” (take off your shoes) which helped us in our assessments.  We traveled with translators and physicians which also made our job easier. Who knows how much harder the trip would have been without our wonderful translators!
The kids we saw in Guatemala ranged from needing some vitamins, to receiving visits from the doctor and needing further treatment that we couldn’t provide to them that day. Some of the kids stole our heart and some of the kids broke our hearts, we made an impact on each and every one of them. I don’t think we had one family who didn’t bless us or thank us for taking care of their children.
On our last day we got to tour the city of Antigua. We did lots of shopping and engaging with the culture!  After a long and challenging week of working with the children, it was so nice to let loose and have some well needed retail therapy. Experiencing the culture in the market was an awesome experience! Prices are not set down there like they are in America. You have to argue the price with the owner of the stand, sometimes saving 5, 10 or 20 dollars! Much different than shopping here!

The experience was something we will never forget! Those kids relied on us 100% for almost all the healthcare they will receive in a year. It’s amazing to step back for a week and see everything we have in the States and then see what people are missing in other parts of the world. It was truly unforgettable experience and I’m so lucky to have shared it with another KCrew member!
-Megan R. & Sam

Royals FanFest Heats Up Baseball Fever

Royals fans never cease to amaze me. It can be 105 in July or -5 in January, they still have huge hearts for their team. It was the dead of winter with a solid foot of snow on the ground a couple weeks ago and Royal’s fans still came to support our beloved baseball team.  January 20-22 was an event-filled weekend, jam packed with autograph signings, giveaways, player interviews, and plenty of games to go around.

DSCN0255.JPGFanFest is a wonderful opportunity for fans to meet the players in a more personal setting. It provides a chance for young kids to meet their idols and gain autographs to store in their collection. It allows for the die hard Royals fans to meet and greet with new additions to the roster. And for some, like me, it gives us the chance to become even more excited about the much anticipated baseball season.

Sporting our royal blue shorts and white baseball jerseys for the weekend, it was a great getaway from this dreadful weather.  We all got to watch so many talented drum lines, dance teams, and acrobatic groups. It is amazing the talent that surrounds us in Kansas City. FanFest is a great opportunity for these talents to shine.

Along with the opportunity to see some of our favorite players again, it gave us, the KCrew, a chance to see each other again and hang out with the new girls. DSCN0239.JPGThis year there are 11 veterans and 5 rookies. With an 81 game schedule, we all become like sisters. During the summer, I see these girls more than I see my own family. We all have a great time together and get along so well. Come October, it is a bittersweet ending to the season. Thankfully, FanFest acts as a family reunion for us. I cannot wait to spend the summer with all these lovely ladies.

In addition to seeing the KCrew girls, it was great to see so many familiar faces at FanFest. I love seeing our season ticket holders wearing their hats filled with collectible pins and I love meeting so many new faces who are as excited for the season as we are.

While FanFest is a great weekend, it is quite a teaser for baseball season. I love my college football and basketball, but I could really go for some baseball under the bright lights. See you all in 50 days (and counting)!! 

Go Royals!

-Megan Q.

On-Air for KCrew Auditions

There are many cool opportunities that come along with being a part of the KCrew. One of the most recent ones was being able to go live on Hot 103 Jamz with host Sean Tyler. Hot 103 Jamz is a local radio station broadcasted live to millions of people throughout the Kansas City area. Sandy, Megan and I had the amazing opportunity to promote walk ups for the 2011 KCrew auditions.

Before the interview I was very nervous. Who knew talking on the radio would be more nerve wracking than doing camera interviews at Royals games? Maybe it was the thought that it would be broadcasted live to thousands of drivers on their way home from work! But as soon as we got to the station, we were greeted by smiling faces that put our nerves at ease.

One of the first people we met was Rich McCauley. He is the Marketing and Promotions director for Carter Broadcast Group, Inc. He escorted us to the room where our interview would take place. At that time he spoke to us about the history of the Carter Broadcast Group and how they had just had their 60th year anniversary and are still going strong. The next person we met was Sean Tyler himself! I was more familiar with his voice than his face. It’s very interesting seeing someone after listening to them for so long. There he briefed us on what questions he would be asking us and reassured us that everything would go fine.

After about 10 minutes, we were on air. We talked about what KCrew does, how fun it is, and how people could join by coming to the audition the next day. It was over so fast. Our nervous energy had paid off and we got the job done!

Thanks KPRS for stepping up and supporting the KCrew!

-Ebonee

Kcrew Auditions this Saturday, Novemer 6th! Walk-ups are WELCOME!

K CREW AUDITIONS:
Date:  Saturday, November 6, 2010
Time:  Registration/Check-in begins at 7:00am.  Auditions to begin at 8:00am
Location:  Kauffman Stadium – One Royal Way, Kansas City, MO 64129
      -Please Park in Lot M and enter the stadium at Gate C.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:
1. 18+ and a high school graduate by January 1, 2011 (valid photo I.D. required)
2. Candidates must provide a full length, color photo and head shot of yourself (preferably in workout attire) that will become property of the Royals (may be a snap shot).
3. Candidates must submit a $15 non-refundable application processing fee in the form of a check or money order (Make payable to the Kansas City Royals) PLEASE, NO CASH.
4. Candidates must be willing to devote a large percentage of time to the K Crew program, including attendance at rehearsals, all designated games, community events and other mandatory appearances in and around the Kansas City area.  Must have flexible schedule for nights, weekends and holidays.
5. Candidates must have reliable transportation and live in or close to the Kansas City area.
6. Candidates must have the stamina and fitness level to perform athletic activities in conditions of summer heat.
7. Candidates must demonstrate good moral character and be drug free.
8. Candidates must be able to perform activities and interact with fans on camera in front of large crowds. Prior performance, entertainment, public relations, and/or broadcasting experience preferred.
9. Candidates must have outstanding communication and interpersonal skills and a positive, energetic personality.  Must be able to handle situations with a quick and professional response.
10. Candidates must be reliable, punctual, and courteous. Should have good listening skills and an ability to work with brief instruction as part of a team.
11. Knowledge of the game of baseball is preferred.
12. No candidate may presently be affiliated with or be a representative of any other semi-professional or professional athletic franchise.

STOP, PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:
In order for your application to be complete and accepted, please follow these guidelines:
1. The following items must be completed and returned to the Kansas City Royals offices.
a. K Crew Application-Deadline for Pre-Registration is Monday, November 1st
b. Signed Release Form
c. Full length, color photo and head shot
d. $15 non-refundable application processing fee

2. Application, release form, full length photo and head shot, and $15 non-refundable application fee can be submitted through the following options:
a. Mail: K Crew Auditions – One Royal Way – Kansas City, MO 64129
b. Drop-off: Kauffman Stadium (Gate C)
3. Walk-ups day of auditions are also welcomed.   

MANDATORY AUDITION ATTIRE:
Athletic shirt, shorts and tennis shoes.  Applicants will not be considered without this attire.

Two fans that make the K Crew smile

One of the main, most important part of our jobs is interacting with anyone and everyone that comes through the gates of Kauffman stadium. We find the little kids that are at the stadium for the very first time, or find the couple celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary.  It never ceases to amaze us, each and every game, we meet someone that is truly fascinating. We aim to make each experience at the ‘K’ a memorable one by handing out tattoos and pens or just inquiring about what brought them to the ‘K’. lily novak.JPGEvery game is packed with people with such interesting stories and huge hearts for the Royals.  While we strive to make the experience at the stadium better for our fans, we sometimes find people that make our night at work more memorable. I am here to give a shout-out to two very important people that the K Crew has had the pleasure of meeting and hanging out with this season.

Our first shout-out goes to our number one fan, Lily.  Lily is an adorable eight-year-old with so much enthusiasm and excitement.   



 
 We were approached with an email from Lily’s mom explaining how much she loves attending the games and meeting the K Crew. Yes, K Crew. Lily would watch for us and make a point to talk to as many of us as she could each time she visited the ‘K’.  We had the opportunity to show her some behind the scenes that most people don’t see.  Our K Crew meeting room is a simple room, big enough for all of us to gather before the games and prepare.  We took Lily there and I have never seen someone’s eyes become so big.  While we were in the room she passed out pictures she had drawn of all of us! (Which we still have hanging on our K Crew wall.) lily n.JPGShe had looked at our website pictures and drew us a picture based on those! You could sense the sheer joy she was experiencing, so we decided to carry on the tour and have her walk around with us.  If she were a few years older, I would fear losing my job with how great Lily was at our job.  She would talk to the fans, hand out tattoos, and rally with us.  We all know baseball season is a long one, but seeing how much fun Lily was having at our job, she really gave us back some lost energy we may have been experiencing the past couple weeks.  Her last thing she told us that night was her dream job in a couple years is to be on K Crew!  Good luck Lily with your dream!  You will make a great K Crew member one day!

 

The next hello and huge thank you goes out to Chris.  Chris is the ultimate Royal’s SuperFan! I am sure everyone has seen him if you have walked anywhere in the stadium.  He is in the outfield experience, down by the fountains, up in view level, behind home plate, all over, every game. 
Thumbnail image for chris katie megan.JPGChris walks around in his Royals gear proud, cheering on our boys, and happily posing for pictures when approached.  The first time I met Chris was this year when Katie and I were in charge of the Hy-Vee Fan of the Game promotion.
 This prize is given out to one lucky fan that is outrageous and eye-drawing enough to be located by the Royals camera crew.  Chris was the lucky one this game. Katie and I found out his location and walked his prize out to him on the Pepsi Party Porch.  Come to find out, this was Chris’ 500th consecutive home game!  500!! 
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Go Royals!
-Megan

Field of Dreams

sitting together at field.JPGIt’s been less than a month since I’ve written on this blog to all of my favorite Royals’ fans, but quite a bit has happened in that short amount of time.  I married the love of my life at the most special and perfect wedding ever, then we headed to New York City for Broadway shows, fancy hotel and restaurants, and photo shoots that were all our gift from my favorite author, Karen Kingsbury and our new friends at MyWedding.Com.  (You can read more about that unbelievable story at mywedding.com/shippmates) Then we went on our actual honeymoon to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where among the jungles and ziplines and swimming with dolphins, I proudly sported my KC ROYALS tank top!  EVERY time someone asked where we were from I proudly said, “KC, MO– home of the Kansas City ROYALS!” 

 

Thumbnail image for field background fave.JPGWe are now home for two days before heading back to The Big Apple to be on The Today Show with Karen (my crazy amazing author friend).  During my pre-interview with the producer from The Today Show, they asked me about my job out at the stadium, and I was so excited to tell them about the best job in the whole world.  It also reminded me that a couple of blogs ago, I promised some pictures from the amaziness that was our engagement session with Jesseca Hattey of Epaga Foto

 

These pictures were especially precious and special to me, as they showcased my very favorite place with my very favorite person.  Jess didn’t need to remind me to smile, because I had the biggest and most ridiculous grin on my face the entire time out of carasel.JPGsheer JOY AND EXCITEMENT that I was at MY FAVORITE PLACE WITH THE LOVE OF MY LIFE… GETTING MY PICTURE TAKEN!  I mean SO MUCH WONDERFUL going on!!! 

 

We started with some fun ones in the outfield experience and then moved to the heart and soul of all that is Royals baseball with our gorgeous stadium and field providing the perfect background for our very own field of dreams.

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After being to New York, Mexico, and back to NYC– this KC girl has loved every minute of the journey, but also can’t wait to get back home to KC to work my first game as Erica SHIPPY!  Until then, enjoy the pictures and kissing at field.JPGtune in to The Today Show on Monday (July 12) during the 9:00 hour to see Karen and I chatting it up with Kathie Lee!  You better bet I’m going to take her a Royals bracelet!

It’s a GREAT day to be a Royals fan…
-Erica

Marcia Merrick, A True All-Star

Written by K Crew’s Danaya.

 

I recently had the immense pleasure of meeting Marcia Merrick, the creator of “Reaching Out” and consequently the winner of “People All-Stars Among Us“.  Marcia will be representing Kansas City at the 81st All-Star Game.  I can proudly say, I couldn’t think of a better person for that honor!

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Marcia is hands down one of the most inspirational women I have ever met.  Here’s a little background on her organization.  She wakes up every morning at 4:00am to pack 400 lunches by noon.  (I teach for a living and I can hardly make one lunch in time for school in the morning!)  Marcia then drives to 11 locations around the city and passes out each lunch personally.  The best part about these lunches is the fact that she puts a note of encouragement in each bag.  I’m sure without a doubt, that those notes touch thousands of hearts a week.  After she distributes her lunches, she goes home and bakes 800 cookies in preparation for the next day! Talk about dedication and commitment
 

 
Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for 0308-MMERRICK-pmad-homeless-social_full_600.jpgMarcia created “Reaching Out” all on her own because she saw a need in the city.  Marcia wouldn’t let anything stop her from making the only meal many of her friends will eat each day.  I say “friends”, because that is what Marcia calls them.  She has created a bond and relationship with many of the people she provides lunches for.  That’s what truly makes her an All-Star.  

Now, those are the just the plain facts about Marcia, but let me tell you how she has touched my life.  I had the opportunity to complete a pre-game interview with her, where we not only discussed her business, but she took a genuine interest in my life.  She asked me about my job, my fianc, my summer, and lots more!  It was so wonderful to meet someone for the very first time and feel like you have known them forever.  A few weeks later, I found out Marcia had won the “People All-Stars Among Us” and would be back at the game to be honored.  When the day arrived for Marcia to be back at the stadium, I made it a point to stop by and congratulate her!  When I stopped by her seat, her face lit up like it was a holiday!  She made me feel like I was the most special person she had ever seen!  She stood up, gave me a hug, kissed my cheek, asked me how I was doing– all before I could even congratulate her on her win!  She was more concerned with my life, than the amazing honor she was receiving.  That is a testament to the person Marcia truly is.  She wanted nothing more, but to further build the relationship we had already created, than discuss herself. 

 

Marcia told me something that I know I will never forget.  She referenced that fact that I’m a teacher and reminded me that, “We will never know how much we are truly touching people’s lives, and every little thing counts.  Don’t expect anything in return, and give all you have.  Because each life is worth something, and the relationships we build are the most precious gifts we give.” 
 

 
Marcia, you have been a true inspiration to me.  I am so thankful that I had a chance to meet you and I hope to one day create a legacy as wonderful as yours!  Good luck at the All-Star game, and don’t forget to wear your KCrew pin! -Danaya

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