For years, the Kauffman Foundation has given blocks of complimentary Kansas City Royals tickets to dozens of youth-focused nonprofit organizations in Kansas City so the youth they serve may attend a Major League Baseball game.
The annual Royals Ticket Giveaway recalls Ewing Kauffman’s commitment to making sure fans could see their hometown team take the field. “Kansas City has been good to me, and I want to show I can return the favor,” Mr. K often remarked.
During the Royals’ glory years, he limited season ticket sales so tickets would be available to individual games. Fans in one of the sport’s smallest markets responded by filling the stadium, topping the magic 2 million season-attendance mark seven seasons in a row, and eleven times in all.