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Royals alumni make surprise appearance at Nativity

Kansas City Royals mascot Sluggerrr showed up at Church of the Nativity School in Leawood to help Royals alumni present a gift to Variety Children’s Charity, which provides children who have developmental disabilities with adaptive equipment and opportunities to be included. LEAVEN PHOTO BY LORI WOOD HABIGER

By Moira Cullings
moira.cullings@theleaven.org

LEAWOOD — Students at Church of the Nativity School here were decked in royal blue as they were welcomed into the school gymnasium by former Kansas City Royals players Dec. 6.

The Royals alumni surprised the students with their appearance, but they weren’t the only special guests in the building that day.

Sluggerrr, the team’s mascot, also showed up to help the alumni present a gift to Variety Children’s Charity, which provides children who have developmental disabilities with the adaptive equipment and opportunities they need to be included.

Nativity is one school that uses the charity’s equipment to ensure all of its students have the chance to participate in school activities, regardless of any disability.

Together, Royals Charities and the team’s alumni donated $65,000 to Variety, which will use the gift to build an inclusive playground at Leawood City Park.

For more information on Variety, visit its website.

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Moira Cullings

Moira Cullings

Moira attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Overland Park and Benedictine College in Atchison. She majored in marketing, minored in psychology and played center midfield for the women’s soccer team. Moira joined The Leaven staff as a feature writer and social media editor in 2015. After a move to Denver in 2018, Moira resumed her full-time position at The Leaven and continues to write and manage the website and social media channels. Her favorite assignment was traveling to the Holy Land to take photos for a group pilgrimage in 2019.

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