Kansas City Monarchs Partner With Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Every home run scored this baseball season will have more of an impact than just on the scoreboard thanks to a new partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC).

Each time a Monarchs player hits a homer, the local health insurance company will donate $50 to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM), as part of a new partnership with the reigning American Association champions.

Blue KC will also sponsor the Monarchs’ championship flag giveaway on May 24th. The flag celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Kansas City Monarchs’ winning the inaugural Negro Leagues World Series. The NLBM recently announced plans for city-wide events to take place recognizing and celebrating that baseball milestone.

“Blue KC has always been committed to supporting local organizations, and we’re proud to call them a partner for the upcoming season,” Monarchs owner Mark Brandmeyer said. “We’re looking forward to supporting the museum’s mission with every home run our club hits!”

“We place the utmost priority on supporting our local community, including the preservation of celebrating our rich history of African American baseball and its impact on the social advancement of our country,” said Christina Lively, Blue KC Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. “We are so excited to partner with the American Association Kansas City Monarchs and show our commitment to this instrumental piece of our City and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.”

“Thanks to Blue KC and the American Association Kansas City Monarchs for creating a fun and exciting way to celebrate the crowning achievement of the Kansas City Monarchs winning the inaugural Negro Leagues World Series a century ago while generating valuable support for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum,” said Bob Kendrick, museum president. “The Museum is the place where history touches home and needless to say, we will be cheering even more than usual every time the Monarchs hit one out of the park.”

Fans can buy tickets to the flag giveaway night at tickets.monarchsbaseball.com. The American Association Kansas City Monarchs’ home schedule starts on May 16 from Legends Field in Kansas City, Kansas.

ABOUT THE AMERICAN ASSOICATION KANSAS CITY MONARCHS:
The Kansas City Monarchs are a professional baseball team in the American Association, an MLB Partner League. 2024 will be their 21st season at Legends Field in Kansas City, Kansas. In 2020, the team partnered with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and changed their name from the T-Bones to the Monarchs in honor of the legendary Negro League franchise that played from 1920 to 1965. This year, the Monarchs and the museum are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first Negro League World Series, won by the Monarchs in 1924.

ABOUT BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF KANSAS CITY:
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, the largest not-for-profit health insurer in Missouri and the only not-for-profit commercial health insurer in Kansas City, has been part of the Kansas City community since 1938. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City provides health coverage services to more than one million residents in the greater Kansas City area, including Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas and 30 counties in Northwest Missouri. Our mission: to provide affordable access to healthcare and to improve the health of our members. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more information on the company, visit its website at BlueKC.com.

ABOUT THE NEGRO LEAGUES BASEBALL MUSEUM:
The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) is the world’s only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the rich history of African American baseball and its impact on the social advancement of America. The privately funded, 501 c3, not-for-profit organization was established in 1990 and is in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri’s Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District. The NLBM operates two blocks from the Paseo YMCA where Andrew “Rube” Foster established the Negro National League in 1920. To learn more about the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, please visit nlbm.com.