Tent 8 enjoyed another year serving the children of the Kansas City area. If we were to put a title on our activities this year, it would most likely be called “Think Big, Think Outside the Batter’s Box.”
Being in the unique position of straddling the states of both Kansas and Missouri, this year Variety Kansas City was proud to announce groundbreaking ceremonies for two adaptive playing fields. Straight from the headlines of local media, “Royals & Royals Charities Partner with Variety Kansas City & Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation to Build Fields on Both Sides of the State Line.”
The Independence Ability Field at McCoy Park in Independence, Missouri and Olathe Miracle League Field in Olathe, Kansas, offer specialized equipment ensuring all children can participate regardless of limitations created by disabilities.
These parks have been little more than a dream for many years now, until Variety stepped in, involving the Kansas Royals and Royals Charities. Now, because of the proceeds from the 2012 Major League Baseball Gatorade All-Star Workout Day held at Kauffman Stadium in July 2012, the fields have come to fruition.
That’s the greatest benefits of being involved with Variety. Tents are able to make one-on-one impact on an individual child’s or family’s life, and can also participate or spearhead larger scale projects that will benefit their community for decades to come.