Youth baseball players will sport Royals jerseys

Posted at 10:42 AM, Apr 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-08 11:47:24-04

There will be more little fans than ever wearing Royals gear around metro Kansas City this year.  About 3,000 Royals-branded jerseys will go to 3&2 Baseball Club of Johnson County.

The team, along with Majestic Athletic and co-sponsors Academy Sports + Outdoors and KSHB-TV, will outfit approximately 200 youth league baseball teams in the pre-school through second grade division.

“We feel very strongly about supporting youth baseball in our community, and this partnership with 3&2 helps us further that in so many ways,” said Royals General Manager Dayton Moore. “Working with the 3&2 Baseball Club helps the Royals increase involvement among young people as they play this game we all love.”

The 3&2 Baseball Club of Johnson County is coming off its 66th year of operation in 2016. It's one of the largest independent youth baseball organizations in the U.S.--and the largest in the Midwest with over 7,000 players. 

As a non-profit, it's self-supporting with revenues coming from player and team fees, tournament entry fees, concession and gate revenues, donations, retail operations, and corporate partnerships. 

There are two seasons of play; the typical spring/summer league that in 2016 had 450 teams from pre-school T-ball to seniors in high school and a fall ball program, with 189 teams this year.

Opening week is April 4-10, with the season opener tournament kicking off on April 3. See the club's calendar for more information.

“Making the kids feel a little like their big-league heroes by wearing similar uniforms just makes their baseball experience that much more special," said Neil Rutkowski, Director of Operations for 3&2 Baseball of Johnson County. 

3&2 Baseball was selected as only the fifth youth league in an American city with a Major League team invited to participate in this jersey program. Other participating MLB franchises include Arizona, San Diego, Chicago and Tampa Bay.  

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“As the Official Meteorologist of the World Champion Kansas City Royals, we recognize the importance the game of baseball has in our community.  KSHB-TV is proud to head into this partnership with the Royals and 3&2,” said Randy Thurman, Creative Services Director of KSHB-TV.