Radio & television announcer for the K. C. Royals Baseball organization & civic volunteer
Ryan Lefebvre is in his 22nd season as a Royals broadcaster on Fox Sports Kansas City and the Royals Radio Network. He will be in his 26th season on a Major League broadcast team this year. Lefebvre won his second Mid-America Emmy Award in 2018, after also earning the honor in 2016.
Before joining the Royals prior to the 1999 season, Lefebvre spent four seasons as a broadcaster for the Minnesota Twins on WCCO Radio, WCCO TV and Midwest Sports Channel. He was hired full-time at the age of 24, one year after graduating from the University of Minnesota. He also broadcast Gophers’ football, hockey and volleyball for WCCO and MSC.
The Los Angeles native graduated from Loyola High School in 1989 and began his broadcasting career as a freshman at the University of Minnesota at KUOM radio. As a Gopher baseball player, Lefebvre was a First Team All-Big Ten selection in 1993 and established school records for hits, triples and at-bats. He was selected in the 27th round of the 1993 First-Year Player Draft by the Cleveland Indians.
He is the son of former big league player and manager, Jim Lefebvre. Actively involved in a number of Kansas City community activities, Lefebvre is the founder of Gloves for Kids and the Footprints Foundation, which raises money for youth programs in Kansas and Missouri. In 2011, Lefebvre was the recipient of the John J. “Buck” O’Neil MVP Award for his commitment to youth in Kansas City. He was also named the 2006 Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City Role Model of the Year, while in 2008 the Staples store in Zona Rosa (Kansas City) was dedicated in his honor for his “Philanthropic Spirit.”
During the 2019 offseason, Lefebvre and his wife, Sarah, spent a week in Guatemala serving with Journey Church International, bringing aid to impoverished areas.
In 2015, Lefebvre was also named the recipient of the Johnson County NAACP Diversity in Sports Award. He was also named one of the “25 Most Influential People” in the state of Kansas in 2014.
In 2008, Lefebvre co-authored a book with Jeffrey Flanagan about his struggles with depression, titled: The Shame of Me: One Man’s Journey to Depression and Back.
Ryan and Sarah reside in Greenwood, Mo., with their sons: Micah, Evan and Lucas and daughter, Callie.
In 2005, Ryan Lefebvre could no longer run from his depression. 34-years old at the time, Ryan had achieved more than what most warm-blooded American men could accomplish professional, financially, and socially. His personal life was another story. This presentation walks the audience through his journey through depression, learning what depression is and isn’t, the medical and psychological lessons he learned along the way, and how he manages his condition today.
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