Kemper and the National WWI Museum and Memorial capital campaign co-chairs throw out the first pitch for the Kansas City Royals
May 27, 2016, Kansas City, Mo.— C2FO, the world’s largest market for working capital, has a CEO who gets in the game—the baseball game, that is.
At today’s Kansas City Royals game, Kemper and his campaign co-chairs kicked off a capital campaign for the nation’s WWI Museum and Memorial by throwing out the first pitch of the Royals’ game against the Chicago White Sox. The ceremonial ball toss is a gesture that represents Kemper’s larger engagement in the Kansas City philanthropic community.
Kemper is part of a family with a long tradition of civic engagement. His first “startup” involved creating a comprehensive extended school and mentorship program for the KCMO school district, nearly thirty years ago. Education, Inc. was heralded as a model for pulling underprivileged kids out of their challenging circumstances and into a supportive learning environment.
In 1996, Kemper co-founded and has since served as board chairman of Agriculture Future of America (AFA), the largest college ag scholarship-granting organization in the country. Since its inception, the AFA has benefited 12,000 college leaders and young professionals with its leadership and career training programs, scholarships and internships. The organization has awarded more than $9 million in academic and leader development scholarships since 1997, and students from 150 majors and degree programs have participated in the leader development programs.
“Education is the single greatest resource we can provide to young people that improves not only their opportunities, but also the future strength of our country,” said Kemper. “In fact, our work with the WWI Museum and Memorial is also about education, in that it is one of the world’s centers for the study of conflict and most importantly, how to mitigate it for the greater good of a more peaceful society,” added Kemper.
While Sandy has been involved with many philanthropic pursuits, catching the first pitch thrown out by his wife Christine Kemper to celebrate the National WWI Museum and Memorial capital campaign achievements was especially meaningful.
Sandy said, “Sometimes the distance between the mound and home plate is farther than you think. It’s a great feeling when you catch the ball. That’s a good metaphor for business and life.”
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