The Kansas City Royals: Mentor First, Athlete Second

Following their groundbreaking win at the World Series last year, the Kansas City Royals will celebrate their victory at the White House today.


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As the entire White House can attest to, the White House Press Secretary, Josh Earnest, is thrilled to be gearing up for their arrival: 

This visit does not come as a surprise to most, as it will be maintaining the beloved tradition of championship athletes getting the chance to meet the President and celebrate their athletic accomplishments. However, at this celebration, the Kansas City Royals will not only be heralded for their athletic victories at the White House. The President, a strong advocate of supporting youth through mentorship, will also be celebrating the Royals’ victories off the field in the local Kansas City community. 

This year, the Royals spearheaded a Kansas City chapter of Urban Youth Academy, a Major League Baseball (MLB) non-profit organization that emphasizes support of the local youth community through mentorship. In April, the Royals hosted a “Relay the Way” fundraiser that introduced the initiative to the community and encouraged youth to participate in the program.

 

President Obama has made mentorship a priority for his Administration, and the cornerstone of his My Brother's Keeper initiative launched two and a half years ago. My Brother's Keeper, much like the aim of MLB's Urban Youth Academy, is about making sure all young people – no matter who they are where they come from – have the tools they need to achieve their dreams. 

“That's what 'My Brother's Keeper' is all about. Helping more of our young people stay on track. Providing the support they need to think more about their future. Building on what works – when it works, in those critical life-changing moments.” —President Obama, February 27, 2014

On the first anniversary of the My Brother's Keeper initiative, President Barack Obama greets Gerard Contee during a mentee lunch in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Feb. 27, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

On the first anniversary of the My Brother's Keeper initiative, President Barack Obama greets Gerard Contee during a mentee lunch in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Feb. 27, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Earlier this year, the President showed America what mentoring looks like in action, when he met up his friend, and occasional mentee, NBA MVP Steph Curry.

16 million young Americans want a mentor and don’t have one. The data shows kids with mentors make healthier choices and have great success. If you want to make a difference, be your brothers and sister’s keeper and support the President's mission, sign up to be a mentor here. Mentorship is a powerful opportunity to shape the future of our country: when youth are empowered to succeed, our nation succeeds. 

Dana Frayne is an intern in the Office of Digital Strategy.