The Korea Baseball Organization and (KBO) and National Police Agency will be handing out a total of 9,000 “Child Protection Kits” at this year’s opening home games. This is part of a joint project both parties signed back in December of 2013.
In addition, with the help of all 10 KBO franchises, a promotional video with a player representing each team in it will be displayed on the scoreboard during the Opening Day games:
- Busan Lotte Giants: Chang Won-jun (장원준)
- Changwon NC Dinos: Lee Ho-jun (이호준)
- Hanwha Eagles: Kim Hoe-seong (김회성)
- KIA Tigers: Cha Il-mok (차일목)
- LG Twins: Kim Sun-woo (김선우)
- Samsung Lions: Park Seok-min (박석민)
- Seoul Doosan Bears: Chung Jae-hun (정재훈)
- Seoul Nexen Heroes: Son Seung-lak (손승락)
- SK Wyverns: Lim Gyeong-wan (임경완)
- Suwon KT Wiz: Hwang Deok-gyun (황덕균)
Somewhat identical to the “National Child ID Kits” distributed by the United States’ FBI in partnership with the American Football Coaches Assocation (AFCA), the kit helps the identification of a child in case the child is lost as it contains fingerprint and DNA collection kits.
A total of 200 million KRW (195,700 USD) was spent by the KBO to produce 20,000 kits. The remaining kits will be distributed during Children’s Day (May 5) and this year’s All-Star Game.
Each year, over 10,000 children younger than 14 are reported missing in South Korea.
- National Child ID Kits, Federal Bureau of Investigation.
- National Child Identification Program, American Football Coaches Association.
- KBO-경찰청, 각 구단 홈 개막전에 「아이사랑 행복지킴이 키트」 보급, Korea Baseball Organization, Mar. 27, 2014.