Chiefs Recognize Derrick Thomas Academy as the First Red Friday Spirit School

Posted Sep 14, 2011

The Kansas City Chiefs recently honored Derrick Thomas Academy for exhibiting Chiefs spirit and exemplifying the Chiefs PLAY 60 ideals of eating right and staying active. Through the season-long Chiefs Red Friday Spirit School program, the organization recognizes a local school each week that exhibits its Chiefs fandom for all to see. As this week’s winning school, Derrick Thomas Academy received a congratulatory assembly led by members of the “Chiefs Community Caring Team,” focusing on the Chiefs PLAY 60 message.

This initial Red Friday Spirit School assembly of the fall kicked off with Chiefs Insider Josh Looney officially recognizing the students for all their efforts. Ambassador LB Anthony Davis then congratulated the students while recalling his time playing alongside the school’s namesake, Pro Football Hall of Fame LB Derrick Thomas. After that, Looney, Davis, members of the Chiefs Cheerleaders and loveable mascot KC Wolf challenged students to several PLAY 60-themed activities. Finally, the Chiefs group presented Principal Nehemiah Thomas with a congratulatory Chiefs Red Friday Spirit School football and banner.

“Any time we are able to interact with the Chiefs it is a blessing,” Principal Thomas shared after the assembly concluded. “Our students really had a great time today. I think it was important for them to hear from one of Derrick’s very own teammates about the importance he placed on eating right and staying fit.”

The Chiefs Red Friday School Spirit program is in its second year. This initiative recognizes local schools from throughout the region that showcase their Chiefs spirit on Fridays during the NFL season. Schools that send pictures and narratives of their Chiefs Red Friday Spirit School activities to have the chance to win a “Chiefs Community Caring Team” school assembly.

The Chiefs will also recognize a local NFL PLAY 60 Super School this year. One of 34 NFL PLAY 60 Super Schools selected from throughout the country, this to be determined local school will receive a $10,000 NFL PLAY 60 health and wellness grant. It will be presented at a special “Chiefs Community Caring Team” school visit, which will be held later this season.

The “Chiefs Community Caring Team,” led by Clark and Tavia Hunt along with the entire Hunt Family, includes members from the Chiefs organization who participate in community outreach efforts throughout the year. It consists of not only position groups but also the Chiefs Rookie Club, Chiefs Women’s Organization, KC Wolf, Chiefs Cheerleaders, Chiefs Ambassadors, alumni, Chiefs Red Coaters and other Chiefs staff members.


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