Andy Studebaker honors graduates of Ambassadors of Compassion program

Posted Jun 20, 2012

Ambassadors of Compassion is an eight-week character education program sponsored by Lift Up America

This week, Chiefs linebacker Andy Studebaker gave three "little" Chiefs fans a "big" surprise.

A group of "Bigs" from Big Brothers Big Sisters and their "Littles" were treated to an exclusive meet-and-greet with Studebaker, as well as a behind-the-scenes tour of Arrowhead Stadium.

Studebaker mingled with participants and signed autographs to reward the "Littles" for completing the "Ambassadors of Compassion" program, an eight-week training program sponsored by Lift Up America.

During the program, "Littles" learned how to use compassion in life while dealing with problems like bullying and littering. The program, which began earlier this year  at Arrowhead Stadium, aims to help children become productive, self-sufficient, and compassionate citizens in their communities. 

Studebaker, who plans to spend his pre-training camp break working out back home in Eureka, IL, derailed his short offseason by a day to hang out with the program's new graduates. 

"It's been really cool to see these kids go through this eight-week program and hear about the positive impacts it has made," said Studebaker. "Teaching those values at such a young age is really important."

Brahm, a soon-to-be seventh grader and program graduate from Kansas City, Kan., said his hard work over the course of the eight-week program paid off. 

"I would (recommend the program)," Brahm said. "It teaches you respect, how to keep things going, and many other valuable lessons in life."

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