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Kansas City- Tent 8


Variety, the Children’s Charity – Tent 8 from Kansas City, is honored to nominate the Kansas City Royals’ Charities for the Corporate Sponsor Award.

In a city with thousands of Not-For-Profits, the Royals are the only Major League Baseball team. The number of requests they receive each year is staggering, yet they consider each charity on its own merit.

The children and families of Kansas City have received tremendous benefits through the Royal’s support of Variety KC.

Variety has been the Charity of Choice for the 2013 and 2014 Royal’s Charities 5K. (Raising over $120.000 for Variety KC)

The Royals partnered with Variety for two adaptive ball fields and playgrounds, one on the Missouri side and one on the Kansas side. Through mutual connections, further support was gained. Variety (Deborah Wiebrecht) connected the Cal Ripkin Sr. Foundation with the Royals, and the Royals brought the Major League Baseball Foundation to the table. These partnerships received a great deal of media exposure supporting our efforts.

Through this continued relationship, past employees have come on board to assist Variety, the owners of the KC Royals, Dan and Penny Glass, have contributed exclusive of the foundation, and players have participated in Variety events and fundraising. A simple phone call has resulted in generous auction donations raising thousands of dollars, and tickets providing inclusion driven outings for hundreds of Variety Children and families.

You might think that in a year that the Royals won the division championship, and played in the World Series, perhaps the organization would be too preoccupied to focus on giving. The opposite was true. Instead, the Royals and Royals Charities used the excitement and large crowds for additional fundraising that will support numerous organizations in our area.

Tent 8 is looking forward to continuing our relationship with this generous corporate sponsor and has several proposals in front of them, including:

1. Cuddle Bear (hospital gift for current and potential Variety children).
2. All inclusive playground equipment in the Royals pre-game stadium experience area for children.
3. Further support as the inclusive playgrounds as the adaptive ball fields are expanded.

Whether supporting Variety, or any of the great charities they back, the Kansas City Royals and Royals Charities have proven they are champions both on and off the field…..and we are their biggest fans!
Royals Charities had donated thousands of dollars to Variety’s mission and touched the lives of thousands of Variety kids too!

Let’s Go Royals!

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Run For Kids Who Can’t: Jeremy

#RunRoyal

Variety Children’s Charity is this year’s benefactor for the Royals Charities’ 5k, and we’re ecstatic about it. The annual 5k takes place at Kauffman Stadium, going around The K and Arrowhead complexes, and ending around the track down on the baseball field. This year our focus is teamwork, and the fact that success is so much sweeter when you have a group to share it with.

About Variety

As you know, Variety is a volunteer-driven organization committed to improving the lives of children with special needs. Variety provides these children with developmental disabilities the adaptive equipment and opportunities needed for activity and inclusion within our community. If you are passionate about helping children with special needs and bettering their lives, this is the race for you. So round up a team and head out to Kauffman Stadium on August 2nd to run in the Royals Charities 5k. We’re excited about the opportunity to #RunRoyal, for kids who can’t.

Join a Team

Whether you have your own team or just want to run solo, we want you to come walk or run for kids who can’t. We’re encouraging everyone to form teams of 10 and come out and run in support of this great cause. Don’t have a team, but still want to share your successes? You can also join Team Variety, who are running for “Spotlight Kids.”

Meet Jeremy

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Jeremy is 20 years old and has Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy, Microcephaly and developmental delays. Jeremy is one of our most active Variety volunteers, he is always willing to be a part and help Variety activities be even better. He is always there for the younger variety kids, and continues to be a great support for them. Jeremy’s personality and smile will melt your heart, he sure melts ours. So support Jeremy, just like Jeremy supports the other Variety kids, in the Royals Charities 5k race!

Interested in running in Jeremy’s honor?

Sign up here and join Team Variety! Be an inspiration, just like these kids are each and every day! #RunRoyal for Kids who can’t, and help us make a difference for them.

Run For Kids Who Can’t: Catie

#RunRoyal

Variety Children’s Charity is this year’s benefactor for the Royals Charities’ 5k, and we’re ecstatic about it. The annual 5k takes place at Kauffman Stadium, going around The K and Arrowhead complexes, and ending around the track down on the baseball field. This year our focus is teamwork, and the fact that success is so much sweeter when you have a group to share it with.

About Variety

As you know, Variety is a volunteer-driven organization committed to improving the lives of children with special needs. Variety provides these children with developmental disabilities the adaptive equipment and opportunities needed for activity and inclusion within our community. If you are passionate about helping children with special needs and bettering their lives, this is the race for you. So round up a team and head out to Kauffman Stadium on August 2nd to run in the Royals Charities 5k. We’re excited about the opportunity to #RunRoyal, for kids who can’t.

Join a Team

Whether you have your own team or just want to run solo, we want you to come walk or run for kids who can’t. We’re encouraging everyone to form teams of 10 and come out and run in support of this great cause. Don’t have a team, but still want to share your successes? You can also join Team Variety, who are running for “Spotlight Kids.”

Meet Catie

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Catie is a beautiful 7 year old who has Cerebral Palsy and movement disorders. She has decreased muscle tone and is only able to be mobile with a walker and supporting orthotics. Even with Cerebal Palsy, nothing seems to slow Catie down. Catie is an affectionate, loving and one-of-a-kind girl who absolutely loves all of her Variety friends. She always wants to help and include other kids just like her. She has so much heart for a 7 year-old. Sign up today for the Royals Charities 5K race and you can run or walk in honor of this inspiring little girl!

Interested in running in Catie’s honor?

Sign up here and join Team Variety! Be an inspiration, just like these kids are each and every day! #RunRoyal for Kids who can’t, and help us make a difference for them.

Run For Kids Who Can’t: Noah & Kane

#RunRoyal

Variety Children’s Charity is this year’s benefactor for the Royals Charities’ 5k, and we’re ecstatic about it. The annual 5k takes place at Kauffman Stadium, going around The K and Arrowhead complexes, and ending around the track down on the baseball field. This year our focus is teamwork, and the fact that success is so much sweeter when you have a group to share it with.

About Variety

As you know, Variety is a volunteer-driven organization committed to improving the lives of children with special needs. Variety provides these children with developmental disabilities the adaptive equipment and opportunities needed for activity and inclusion within our community. If you are passionate about helping children with special needs and bettering their lives, this is the race for you. So round up a team and head out to Kauffman Stadium on August 2nd to run in the Royals Charities 5k. We’re excited about the opportunity to #RunRoyal, for kids who can’t.

Join a Team

Whether you have your own team or just want to run solo, we want you to come walk or run for kids who can’t. We’re encouraging everyone to form teams of 10 and come out and run in support of this great cause. Don’t have a team, but still want to share your successes? You can also join Team Variety, who are running for “Spotlight Kids.”

Meet Brothers Noah & Kane

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Today we have two spotlight kids and they are brothers! Noah & Kane are total sports nuts who try and participate in every activity they can! They are both in wheelchairs, but that does not stop them or their family from participating in baseball, soap-box derby racing and soccer. They are setting an example of inclusion by being active in sports and Variety activities. Variety helped Noah and Kane’s family purchase motorized wheelchairs for each of the boys and an adaptive van so their whole family can do things together. These boys are more than just brothers, they are best friends. Sign up today for the Royals Charities 5K race and you can run or walk in honor of this unstoppable duo!

Interested in running in Noah & Kane’s honor?

Sign up here and join Team Variety! Be an inspiration, just like these kids are each and every day! #RunRoyal for Kids who can’t, and help us make a difference for them.

Run For Kids Who Can’t: Maddox

#RunRoyal

Variety Children’s Charity is this year’s benefactor for the Royals Charities’ 5k, and we’re ecstatic about it. The annual 5k takes place at Kauffman Stadium, going around The K and Arrowhead complexes, and ending around the track down on the baseball field. This year our focus is teamwork, and the fact that success is so much sweeter when you have a group to share it with.

About Variety

As you know, Variety is a volunteer-driven organization committed to improving the lives of children with special needs. Variety provides these children with developmental disabilities the adaptive equipment and opportunities needed for activity and inclusion within our community. If you are passionate about helping children with special needs and bettering their lives, this is the race for you. So round up a team and head out to Kauffman Stadium on August 2nd to run in the Royals Charities 5k. We’re excited about the opportunity to #RunRoyal, for kids who can’t.

Join a Team

Whether you have your own team or just want to run solo, we want you to come walk or run for kids who can’t. We’re encouraging everyone to form teams of 10 and come out and run in support of this great cause. Don’t have a team, but still want to share your successes? You can also join Team Variety, who are running for “Spotlight Kids.”

Meet Maddox

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Maddox is 11 years old and has Cerebral Palsy, Duchennes Muscular Dystrophy, and Autism. This may cause Maddox to need support from a walker or a wheelchair to be mobile, but he doesn’t let that get in the way of being active. This boy is full of energy and has one sparkling personality. He is quite a social butterfly and quickly becomes everyone’s friend with his magnetic smile. By signing up for the Royals Charities 5K race you can run or walk for Maddox and other kids like him, inspire them to be their best!

Interested in running in Maddox’s honor?

Sign up here and join Team Variety! Be an inspiration, just like these kids are each and every day! #RunRoyal for Kids who can’t, and help us make a difference for them.

#RunRoyal 5K Training

5K’s may seem daunting at first, but with the right guidance anyone can #RunRoyal!  The distance of a kilometer is only 0.6 miles which makes a 5K only 3.1 miles.  And while there may be over 8,500 5Ks held across the country each year, you have the opportunity to be apart of the most unique one held at Kauffman stadium!

Do you have what it takes to #RunRoyal?  With our tips you definitely can get in shape in time for the Royals Charity 5K on August 2nd.

Traditional Training:

Step 1:  Sign Up! – There is no better motivation to start training for a 5K than the commitment to run one.  Clear your calendar the morning of August 2nd and sign up now before you read any further!

http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/kc/community/fivekrun.jsp

Step 2: Get off the couch….Slowly – You don’t want to get burnt out on running too quickly, especially if you haven’t been working out lately.  Start easy with 20-30 minute workouts for the first week.  Don’t overexert yourself and make sure to take two rest days during the week to avoid exhaustion and your body rejecting working out.

Step 3: Run! – We got this training plan from Active.com that offers a great guideline for how to work out each day.  Don’t be afraid to throw some cross training in the mix with biking or swimming laps as well!

Week — Weekday 1, Weekday 2, Weekday 3

1 —          1.5 miles,            1.5 miles,          2 miles

2 —          2.5 miles,            2.5 miles,         3 miles

3 —          2.5 miles,            2 miles,             Race 3.1 miles!

Running Aids:

1) Sign up with a friend or team to help motivate you! The influence of others helps us achieve our goals and stay motivated. Make sure you get a workout buddy to train with you, you can help keep each other on track and #RunRoyal

2) Hydrate – There is nothing more important to a runner than staying hydrated.  Drink plenty of water before, after and during a run to avoid dehydration and to stay alert and energized even after a long workout.

3) Map My Run iPhone App – This iPhone app has changed the face of running forever.  With it you can create your own routes, keep track of how many miles you have run and find popular running trails in your are.  And most importantly its free!

5K’s aren’t for everyone, so if training for one does not appeal to you, you can always walk the Royals Charities 5K!  Just remember that you are walking and running for kids who can’t!

Run For Kids Who Can’t: Zach

#RunRoyal

Variety Children’s Charity is this year’s benefactor for the Royals Charities’ 5k, and we’re ecstatic about it. The annual 5k takes place at Kauffman Stadium, going around The K and Arrowhead complexes, and ending around the track down on the baseball field. This year our focus is teamwork, and the fact that success is so much sweeter when you have a group to share it with.

About Variety

As you know, Variety is a volunteer-driven organization committed to improving the lives of children with special needs. Variety provides these children with developmental disabilities the adaptive equipment and opportunities needed for activity and inclusion within our community. If you are passionate about helping children with special needs and bettering their lives, this is the race for you. So round up a team and head out to Kauffman Stadium on August 2nd to run in the Royals Charities 5k. We’re excited about the opportunity to #RunRoyal, for kids who can’t.

Join a Team

Whether you have your own team or just want to run solo, we want you to come walk or run for kids who can’t. We’re encouraging everyone to form teams of 10 and come out and run in support of this great cause. Don’t have a team, but still want to share your successes? You can also join Team Variety, who are running for “Spotlight Kids.”

Meet Zach

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Zach is 9 years old and has Spina Bifida and Cystic Fibrosis, which means that there is incomplete development of his brain and spinal cord. Zach has paralysis of his lower extremities and decreased lung function. This strong boy focuses each and every day on what makes him happy: being part of a team! Zach is kind and compassionate and loves all of his Variety Friends. Through the Royals Charities 5k race, you can run or walk for Zach. Help make this amazing boy feel the love and support!

Interested in running in Zach’s honor?

Sign up here and join Team Variety! Be an inspiration, just like these kids are each and every day! #RunRoyal for Kids who can’t, and help us make a difference for them.

Run For Kids Who Can’t: Daniel

#RunRoyal

Variety Children’s Charity is this year’s benefactor for the Royals Charities’ 5k, and we’re ecstatic about it. The annual 5k takes place at Kauffman Stadium, going around The K and Arrowhead complexes, and ending around the track down on the baseball field. This year our focus is teamwork, and the fact that success is so much sweeter when you have a group to share it with.

About Variety

As you know, Variety is a volunteer-driven organization committed to improving the lives of children with special needs. Variety provides these children with developmental disabilities the adaptive equipment and opportunities needed for activity and inclusion within our community. If you are passionate about helping children with special needs and bettering their lives, this is the race for you. So round up a team and head out to Kauffman Stadium on August 2nd to run in the Royals Charities 5k. We’re excited about the opportunity to #RunRoyal, for kids who can’t.

Join a Team

Whether you have your own team or just want to run solo, we want you to come walk or run for kids who can’t. We’re encouraging everyone to form teams of 10 and come out and run in support of this great cause. Don’t have a team, but still want to share your successes? You can also join Team Variety, who are running for “Spotlight Kids.”

Meet Daniel

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Daniel is 13 years old and has Spastic Quadriplegia Cerebral Palsy, which affects all four of his limbs. Daniel’s diagnoses affect his mobility, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, self-care skills and communication skills. Daniel is wheelchair bound, but none of this gets in the way of him being a loving, grateful and all-around awesome kid! Variety strives in helping kids like Daniel and supporting the families such as Daniel’s. Through participating in the Royals Charities 5k, you can help Daniel and other kids just like him!

Interested in running in Daniel’s Honor?

Sign up here and join Team Variety! Be an inspiration, just like these kids are each and every day! #RunRoyal for Kids who can’t, and help us make a difference for them.

Run For Kids Who Can’t: Sam

#RunRoyal

Variety Children’s Charity is this year’s benefactor for the Royals Charities’ 5k, and we’re ecstatic about it. The annual 5k takes place at Kauffman Stadium, going around The K and Arrowhead complexes, and ending around the track down on the baseball field. This year our focus is teamwork, and the fact that success is so much sweeter when you have a group to share it with.

About Variety

As you know, Variety is a volunteer-driven organization committed to improving the lives of children with special needs. Variety provides these children with developmental disabilities the adaptive equipment and opportunities needed for activity and inclusion within our community. If you are passionate about helping children with special needs and bettering their lives, this is the race for you. So round up a team and head out to Kauffman Stadium on August 2nd to run in the Royals Charities 5k. We’re excited about the opportunity to #RunRoyal, for kids who can’t.

Join a Team

Whether you have your own team or just want to run solo, we want you to come walk or run for kids who can’t. We’re encouraging everyone to form teams of 10 and come out and run in support of this great cause. Don’t have a team, but still want to share your successes? You can also join Team Variety, who are running for “Spotlight Kids.”

Meet Sam

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Sam is 14 years old and has Spinal Muscular Atrophy, which causes weakness and wasting of the voluntary muscles in one’s arms and legs. He stays mobile with his power wheelchair. Variety helped fund his new wheelchair so he can continue enjoying playing with his brothers and friends. He is a sports fanatic but baseball is his passion, and even though he may be  a little bit shy he’s a total sweet heart. He is simply just the coolest kid around.Through the Royals Charities 5k race, you can run or walk for one of our inspiring kids like Sam. Help sam and others like him continue to get the equipment that they need in order play with family and friends.

Interested in running in Sam’s honor?

Sign up here and join Team Variety! Be an inspiration, just like these kids are each and every day! #RunRoyal for Kids who can’t, and help us make a difference for them.

Run For Kids Who Can’t: Ricky

#RunRoyal

Variety Children’s Charity is this year’s benefactor for the Royals Charities’ 5k, and we’re ecstatic about it. The annual 5k takes place at Kauffman Stadium, going around The K and Arrowhead complexes, and ending around the track down on the baseball field. This year our focus is teamwork, and the fact that success is so much sweeter when you have a group to share it with.

About Variety

As you know, Variety is a volunteer-driven organization committed to improving the lives of children with special needs. Variety provides these children with developmental disabilities the adaptive equipment and opportunities needed for activity and inclusion within our community. If you are passionate about helping children with special needs and bettering their lives, this is the race for you. So round up a team and head out to Kauffman Stadium on August 2nd to run in the Royals Charities 5k. We’re excited about the opportunity to #RunRoyal, for kids who can’t.

Join a Team

Whether you have your own team or just want to run solo, we want you to come walk or run for kids who can’t. We’re encouraging everyone to form teams of 10 and come out and run in support of this great cause. Don’t have a team, but still want to share your successes? You can also join Team Variety, who are running for “Spotlight Kids.”

Meet Ricky

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Today’s spotlight kid is Ricky. He is 18 years old and has Cerebral Palsy and Scoliosis, which affects Ricky’s muscle tone, movement, and posture, and Scoliosis is common in those who have Cerebal Palsy. Ricky has been a Variety child since he was just two years old.  Variety has helped his family purchase every wheelchair he has owned, which would not have been possible with out fundraising and our amazing volunteers. Through the Royals Charities 5k, you can help Ricky and other kids get the equipment they need for their specific conditions. Ricky was the inspiration for the Adaptive Baseball Fields so that kids of all shapes and sizes can participate in “America’s Favorite Pastime.” Ricky is headed off to The University of Kansas this fall. We know he will do great things and inspire all those around him.

Interested in running in Ricky’s honor?

Sign up here and join Team Variety! Be an inspiration, just like these kids are each and every day! #RunRoyal for Kids who can’t, and help us make a difference for them.

P.O. Box 3446 | Shawnee, KS 66203 | (913) 558-2309 | varietykc@gmail.com