The Warrior Combine, an event that originally began years ago as a way for adult men to test speed, agility and overall health, will host its sixth annual event Saturday, June 6 at the Blue Valley Northwest High School.
Chiefs CFO Dan Crumb, who will be making his second appearance in 2015, recently recalled last year's experience.
"I liked the idea; I liked what they were doing," Crumb said of deciding to get involved. "It's an opportunity for you to sort of get a baseline—you can figure out, OK, health-wise, where am I at?
"You really don't have much of an opportunity to do that on your own, and this was really a great opportunity to just see where I stand and what I need to work on."
The event, which has helped raise money for prostate cancer research and has assisted in raising awareness for prostate cancer each year, allows men to partake in the actual drills that college athletes participate in at the NFL Combine.
"Essentially, the Warrior Combine repeats all of the NFL Combine drills," Chiefs Sports Lab coordinator Andrew Smitka explained. "It brings Zybek Sports, the same timing company that runs the NFL Combine in Indianapolis each year, to Overland Park."
The purpose of the event is to improve the overall health for every participant. The Warrior Combine event is not a competition, but rather an opportunity for men to garner a comprehensive health assessment that takes into account age, mobility and many other factors.
For the first time ever in 2015, the Chiefs' Play60 team is planning to join the Warrior Combine to implement a "Kids Combine" portion of the event.
"This is our first partnership with the Warrior Combine in an effort to raise awareness for National Mens Health month as well as lead into Father's Day," Smitka said. "We're pretty excited to see how the Play60 initiative can add to this overall successful event and we're really looking at drawing the emphasis on a father-son component to it."
The Kids Combine is expected to include the following:
1. Dynamic Warm-Up Exercise
2. Mobility Test
3. Vertical Leap
4. 40-Yard Dash
5. Agility Drill – 5/10/5 dash
6. Pushup Test (alternate for bench press)
Completion – Overall WAR Score
After fathers and sons participate in the combine events, pictures will be available with Chiefs cheerleaders as well as K.C. Wolf.
"Overall, it's really a great experience," Crumb added. "I think the elements that we added to it last year, [in addition to] having the Chiefs cheerleaders, which we've had for a couple of years now, is really neat."
*The cost to partake in the event is 39 dollars per entry with a portion of the proceeds going to support prostate cancer research. Children participate free.
For more information and to register for the June 6 Warrior Combine, head tohttp://warriorcombine.com/.