The Kansas City Royals won the World Series last fall, but local youth league baseball and softball teams were the big winners Wednesday.
The Leavenworth Parks and Recreation Department was the recipient of $5,000 worth of baseball and softball equipment and a $50,000 truck as part of a donation by Chevrolet.
Rikk Wilde, zone manager of the Chevrolet Motor Division, handed over the keys to a 2016 Silverado – and boxes and boxes of equipment – to Steve Grant, director of the Leavenworth Parks and Recreation Department, during a promotional event Wednesday at Henry Martens Chevrolet in downtown Leavenworth.
The bed of the pickup was loaded with a wide assortment of equipment that will be used by local youth teams, including nine cases of baseballs.
Other items included bat racks, catcher's equipment, batting practice screens, bat bags and ball bags.
The donation also included maintenance equipment such as field rakes, chalk liners and infield drag mats.
Wilde said Chevrolet partnered with the Royals for the donation.
He said that if the Royals won the World Series last year, one of the 15 Chevrolet dealerships in the Kansas City metropolitan area would receive the truck and equipment.
He said the winner was selected by a random drawing.
The award also includes $500 in cash for the local baseball and softball programs. Additional funds can be made for test drives at Henry Martens Chevrolet.
Grant said the truck will be used daily by the Leavenworth Parks and Recreation Department for such things as hauling equipment to the ball diamonds in Leavenworth.
"This will help us do our job better," Grant said. "And kudos to Martens Chevrolet. They are a huge supporter to our program."
The youth baseball and softball season begins Wednesday in Leavenworth.
Grant said more than 400 children, ages 13-under, have signed up to play.