The Kansas City Chiefs hosted Fantasy Camp on Thursday and Friday, benefitting the Center for Concussion Management at The University of Kansas Hospital. Fans received an exclusive experience with behind-the-scenes access and a chance to learn from former Chiefs players, including Priest Holmes.
"I'm happy to be a part of this event, especially because it's benefitting a cause that is near and dear to my heart," Holmes said. "Concussions were one of the reasons why my career came to an end, so this means a lot to me to be participating in this event. Plus, these fans have traveled from across the United States to be here to work with Coach (Dick) Vermeil, Christian Okoye, Dante Hall and other Chiefs legends."
The Kansas City Chiefs host the first annual fantasy camp to benefit The University of Kansas Hospital concussion unit.
On Thursday, fans enjoyed a cocktail reception to meet members of the Chiefs organization, including General Manager John Dorsey, former head coach Dick Vermeil, Dante Hall, Will Shields, Shawn Barber, Eddie Kennison and Trent Green.
On Friday morning, the participants arrived at Arrowhead to enjoy breakfast with their team captains, meet their teammates and sign their player contracts with John Dorsey.
"My team's coach is Shawn Barber and he's provided some incredible stories," Kevin Jones, a participant at Fantasy Camp, said. "It's been an incredible experience, a lot of fun and some great stories."
Then, the group headed to the locker room where they had a customized locker, which was filled with a jersey, a Nike bag, an event t-shirt and a hat. They threw on their game day uniforms and went to break down game film with Coach Vermeil.
"It was exciting hearing from Coach Vermeil, he is so passionate about this game," Jones commented. "You can tell he still loves this city and still has that passion for the Chiefs. It was cool too, because a lot of the former players were also in the room, so they were all running through the plays, sharing stories and talking about the games."
The group then had lunch, while hearing from Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt, head coach Andy Reid, Mike DeVito and Jeff Allen. Fans were able to get photos and autographs after the panel discussion, before heading down to the field for more drills.
"We took them through all sorts of drills, such as fielding a punt with Dante Hall, kicking a field goal with Jan Stenerud, throwing a football with Trent Green and their learning all of my routes as a running back," Holmes noted. "It's been a really great opportunity to share that. The fans were really excited and had a great time."
After the group wrapped up the skills drills, it was game time. Coach Vermeil got the teams fired up with a pre-game speech and Voice of the Chiefs Mitch Holthus announced each team as they ran through the Chiefs tunnel. The groups participated in a seven-on-seven tournament, until Team Hall was was crowned as the champions.
All of the proceeds will benefit the Center for Concussion Management at The University of Kansas Hospital. This will help improve access to concussion testing, care and education for high school students and community members throughout the Kansas City region.
"With the proceeds from Chiefs Fantasy Camp, we will be able to educate even more parents, coaches and players of all athletic ability to help them stay in the game safely, whatever their sport or activity," Bob Page, President and CEO of The University of Kansas Hospital, said.
To find out more information about the Center for Concussion Management at The University of Kansas Hospital, visit their website.