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300 Waddell & Reed employees spell out Royals spirit with a capital KC

“We’ve all been super excited to show our Royals love,” said Sarah Bradley, who directed the formation.
“We’ve all been super excited to show our Royals love,” said Sarah Bradley, who directed the formation. Waddell & Reed Financial

Employees at Waddell & Reed Financial Inc. got their World Series game on by building a 300-member human “KC” on the company’s headquarters lawn.

The event, held Friday, involved employees from all parts of the mutual fund company based in Overland Park. They had been wearing lots of Royals gear during the team’s advance to the series.

“We’ve all been super excited to show our Royals love,” said Sarah Bradley, who directed the formation.

In a video of the event, Royals blue-clad employees lined a long sidewalk and staged in groups to join the giant symbol as it formed. A hose and chalk outline in the grass helped them shape the curve in the C just right.

Bradley, an associate in human resources, moved the 300 into place using a megaphone and help from an employees club at the company and other volunteers strategically placed. She admits the undertaking was a bit daunting.

“I was having dreams about the letters K and C,” she said.

The company’s facilities manager, Mick Drummond, helped with measurements on the size of the field to get the formation scaled right. Drummond also rode a cherry picker overhead to help spot gaps and fill them in.

Joakim Ekstrom, who works in the company’s brokerage and cashiering area, also rode overhead to take the photograph and video. The video was edited by Chris Rohach, the company’s motion graphics designer.

Although the fast-motion video runs only about a minute, the whole event took 25 minutes to complete, Bradley said.

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To reach Mark Davis, call 816-234-4372 or send email to mdavis@kcstar.com. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter at mdkcstar.

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