Chiefs Recognize Franklin Smith as this Week’s Red Friday Spirit School

Posted Sep 21, 2011

The Kansas City Chiefs recently honored Franklin Smith Elementary School in Blue Springs, Missouri 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, Franklin Smith received a congratulatory assembly led by members of the Chiefs Community Caring Team, focusing on the Chiefs PLAY 60 message.

This Red Friday Spirit School assembly kicked off with Chiefs Insider Josh Looney officially recognizing the students for all their efforts. WR Terrance Copper then congratulated the students and shared some of his secrets for staying active. After that, Looney, Copper and loveable mascot KC Wolf challenged students to several PLAY 60-themed activities. Finally, the Chiefs group presented Principal Jan Castle with a congratulatory Chiefs Red Friday Spirit School football.

“We want to thank the Chiefs for visiting us,” Principal Castle told her students as the assembly concluded. “I know you were all very excited to find out that we were chosen for this visit. We are very fortunate that the Chiefs were able to come here and spend time with you all today.”

The Chiefs Red Friday Spirit School 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.

Later this year, the Chiefs will also recognize a local NFL PLAY 60 Super School. One of 34 NFL PLAY 60 Super Schools selected from throughout the country, the winning 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.

This is another example of the Kansas City Chiefs commitment to playing an active role in our community. The Hunt Family has made corporate citizenship and charitable giving a priority for the Chiefs. Those efforts focus on organizations and programs which improve the civic and cultural climate in our region, support families and children in crisis, improve health and wellness among children as well as preserve the legacy and history of the game of football. One way the organization supports these efforts is through Chiefs Community Caring Team visits.


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