(WHITAKER BANK BALLPARK, Lexington, Ky.) The Lexington Legends are teaming up with their major league affiliate, the Kansas City Royals, for a Project Purple night at Whitaker Bank Ballpark Friday, August 23.
Project Purple is an initiative of The Herren Project, a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation established by former NBA basketball player Chris Herren. Project Purple assists individuals and families struggling with addiction. It was established to break the stigma of addiction, increase awareness of the dangers of substance abuse and shed light on effective treatment practices.
Legends' players will wear purple caps with the Royals "KC" logo during the August 23 game against Greenville. A silent auction for the caps will be conducted during the game. The winning bidders will go on the field after the game to receive their cap, which will be autographed by the Legends player who wore that cap during the game. All proceeds from the auction will directly benefit the Herron Project/Project Purple.
Fans are encouraged to wear purple to the game, and those who do may buy a box seat ticket for the special price of seven dollars.
Project Purple information and items such as t-shirts and rubber bracelets will be available at tables on the concourse near the silent auction tables.
"The Kansas City Royals are proud to partner with the Lexington Legends and The Herren Project to promote and support Project Purple," said Royals director of player development Scott Sharp. "We were fortunate to have Chris speak to our players during spring training about his struggles with substance abuse. He made a tremendous impact on our athletes, and we are proud to support him and his foundation in educating youth and adolescents about the pitfalls of substance abuse and addiction."
"The Legends are thrilled to be involved in this affiliate wide promotion, as we fully endorse Chris' message and are proud to contribute to raising awareness of Project Purple in the Lexington community," said Sarah Bosso, Legends director of community relations and special events. "We invite fans to participate in the auction for the purple Kansas City hats, with all proceeds directly benefiting the Herron Project/Project Purple -- so, Legends fans, get excited!"
Game time August 23 is 7:05 p.m. For more information, call 859 422-7867 or visit www.lexingtonlegends.com.