The St. Louis Cardinals announced details about “Teams Unite for Joplin”, this weekend along with the Kansas City Royals.

A number of activities are planned throughout the three-game series at Busch Stadium (Friday June 17 – Sunday, June 19), as well as after the series to help raise money and awareness for the Joplin recovery effort.

The weekend’s series will commence with a special first pitch ceremony that includes Danielle Campbell and Mikaila Craig, outfielders from the 2011 Joplin High School Eagles softball team who both lost their homes to the tornado. During the first inning of Saturday night’s game, eighteen members of the Eagles baseball team will also take part in a special tribute to Joplin High School, which was also destroyed by the tornado.

Throughout the weekend, all Cardinals and Royals players will wear a special commemorative “Teams Unite for Joplin” jersey patch. Fans will be able to purchase the patch for $10 at the Cardinals team store at Busch Stadium, at Kauffman Stadium and at both teams’ web sites and while supplies last, with all proceeds going to the Joplin recovery efforts.

Fans can donate directly to Cardinals Care’s Joplin recovery fund at by calling the Cardinals 314.345.9000 charge line. Fans can also donate $10 to the Cardinals Care Joplin Recovery fund by texting the word “Joplin” to 32020.

Today, the Kansas City Royals opened an on-line auction of “Teams Unite for Joplin” items on the Royals’ web site with all proceeds benefiting Royals Charities disaster relief efforts. Fans can bid on Royals game-used and autographed items that include commemorative “Teams Unite for Joplin” baseballs, game-used bases and lineup cards.

The Royals will also host a jersey day scratch off raffle on Saturday June 25th giving their fans the chance to win an authentic, game-used Royals player jersey from this weekend bearing the “Teams Unite for Joplin” patch. All the proceeds from the raffle with benefit the Royals Charities Joplin disaster relief efforts.