Chiefs Recognize Ridgeview Elementary as this Week’s Red Friday Spirit School

Posted Sep 30, 2011

The Kansas City Chiefs recently honored Ridgeview Elementary School in Olathe, Kansas 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 Chiefs recognize a local school each week that exhibits its Chiefs fandom for all to see. As this week’s winning school, Ridgeview 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. LS Thomas Gafford then congratulated the students and shared some of his secrets for staying active. After that, Looney, Gafford and loveable mascot KC Wolf challenged students to several PLAY 60-themed activities. The Red Coaters then helped this Chiefs group present Principal Kim Thorup with a congratulatory Chiefs Red Friday Spirit School football and banner.

“It was great to have the Chiefs out here at Ridgeview,” noted Principal Thorup. “There really was a ‘sea of red’ here in our auditorium. We really enjoyed it. I think all our students benefitted from the message that Mr. Gafford and his Chiefs friends had to share about eating right and staying active.”

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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