#TeamMCC pictures from Relay the Way on Royals’ opening day

Front center (from left): Grant and Grayson Langston with mom Ashley, Terry Powell, Sarah Palmer. Back (from left): Landan Wheeler, Jenny Steen, Julianne Jacques, Marissa Thompson, Jason Samayoa, Stephenie Eaton, Natalee Scott, Amy Slater, 2-year-old Julia with mom Christina Medina, Tim Kirk, Christina Kirk, Michael Honeycutt, Jackie Gill, Brendan Honeycutt, Nicole Pflum, Kathy Bond.
Front center (from left): Grant and Grayson Langston with mom Ashley, Terry Powell, Natalee Scott. Back (from left): Landan Wheeler, Jenny Steen, Julianne Jacques, Marissa Thompson, Jason Samayoa, Stephenie Eaton, Sarah Palmer, Amy Slater, 2-year-old Julia with mom Christina Medina, Tim Kirk, Christina Kirk, Michael Honeycutt, Jackie Gill, Brendan Honeycutt, Nicole Pflum, Kathy Bond.

Metropolitan Community College is so proud of #TeamMCC: Our “players” did a terrific job on Sunday morning, April 3, as part of Relay the Way, the longest “first pitch” in Kansas City Royals history.

Team MCC’s 20 members covered the territory at 18th Street and Grand Boulevard as the baseball made the turn from Grand east onto 18th Street, where it would head to the 18th and Vine District and on to Kauffman Stadium.

An estimated 2,500 people spaced 20 or so feet apart helped relay the ball from Union Station to the K, a 9.5-mile route. The event was a fundraiser for the Kansas City MLB Urban Youth Academy, which will be built in the 18th and Vine area.

MCC Foundation executive board member Carolyn Watley, president of CBIZ Benefits & Insurance Services, was chair of the fundraising committee.

By the way, the baseball gods were on the side of KC’s boys in blue, as the Royals clinched their 2016 season opener against the New York Mets 4-3.

Thanks to everyone who entered our Relay the Way social media contest. We’re looking forward to another great year of baseball. Go Royals!

Are we awake yet? Team MCC, a group of students and employees, met at 18th and Grand at 8:30 a.m.
Are we awake yet? Team MCC, a group of students and employees, met at 18th and Grand at 8:30 a.m.
Of course we had to take at least one goofy group picture.
Of course we had to take at least one goofy group picture.
Dr. Jackie Gill, new president of MCC's Business & Technology campus
Dr. Jackie Gill, new president of MCC’s Business & Technology campus
Christina Medina with daughter Julia
Christina Medina with daughter Julia
Julianne Jacques and Amy Slater
Jenny Steen (from left), Julianne Jacques and Amy Slater
Even non-participants warmed up.
We had a little down time as we waited for the first pitch to come our way.
A handful of MCCers warmed up in the Kansas City Star courtyard. A handful of MCCers warmed up in the Kansas City Star courtyard.
A handful of MCCers warmed up in the Kansas City Star courtyard.
Scott Alvested (right), MCC's manager of alumni and annual giving, led off Team MCC on Grand Boulevard.
Scott Alvested (right), MCC’s manager of alumni and annual giving, led off Team MCC on Grand Boulevard. MCC-Maple Woods student Indigo Gaydusek is in the No. 2 spot.
Meanwhile, on 18th Street, it was just a matter of waiting for the ball to head that way. The blue line down the street showed the ball's route.
Meanwhile, on 18th Street, it was just a matter of waiting for the ball to head that way. The blue line down the street showed the ball’s route.
That big blue dune buggy-type vehicle followed the ball.
That big blue dune buggy-type vehicle followed the ball, along with several police officers. Police executed “rolling” street closures.

 

Watch a short video from MCC’s Relay the Way location here: youtu.be/LRiU3vgZPSE

A few of the MCC pictures ended up on Fox 4’s website. You can scroll through more pictures here.