Chiefs in the Community Part III: Honoring the Military & Encouraging our Youth

A look back at the Chiefs in the community during the 2014 season


Salute to Service
The Chiefs have a longstanding relationship with our military and make a strong effort to honor, encourage and thank the incredible men and women of our armed forces throughout the year. The Chiefs Community Caring Team visits local bases, hosts military members at training camp or Arrowhead Stadium and provide a special recognition for them during military appreciation month in November.

Throughout the year, the Chiefs are continually visiting military members and their families at local bases. Most recently, general manager John Dorsey, Chiefs Ambassadors, cheerleaders and staff visited Whiteman Air Force Base.

"This visit was all about thanking these men and women and thanking them for allowing us our freedoms," Dorsey said. "We wouldn't be able to play the great game of football if it weren't for these guys. We wanted to pay respect to these airmen and women who make this country so great." READ MORE.

During training camp in 2014, the Chiefs hosted families who had lost a loved one while on active duty since September 11, 2001. The group consisted of parents and their children who have lost a spouse or a parent in the past 13 years. The group was a part of the Snowball Express, which is an organization that serves children who have lost a parent serving in the military.

"The Snowball Express is an organization that was developed to provide morale events for these families who have lost loved ones who were killed in action," Fred Galvin, retired from the Marine Corps and volunteer with Snowball Express, explained. "The kids loved every minute and it was an awesome opportunity." READ MORE.

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November is known as Military Appreciation month, a time for the NFL and the Chiefs to honor and recognize the men and women in our armed forces.

Throughout the month, the organization supported Military Appreciation month by visiting bases, stopping by the National WWI Museum with a group of high school students in the ROTC program and honored military members and veterans at Arrowhead Stadium.

One of the events held in November was Pros vs G.I. Joes. The program matches military personnel, both local and overseas, "G.I. Joe," against professional football players, "Pro," and brings them together in a video game competition.

"This is such a great event to be able to spend time with local military members and talk with those overseas through the webcam," Husain Abdullah said. "The guys overseas are in a completely different mindset and atmosphere, so to be able to distract them for a little bit and play video games with them and interact with them is really cool." READ MORE.

On Tuesday members of the Kansas City Chiefs Defensive Backs unit played games with local marines and soldiers overseas to unite the Pros and G.I. Joes

Thank you to the men and women of the armed forces. Thank you for your service and your dedication to this country. Thank you for protecting us and fighting for our freedoms.

Ambassadors' Camp Quality
The Chiefs strive to educate and encourage the youth of Kansas City. One of the ways this is accomplished is through the Chiefs Ambassadors' charity of choice, Camp Quality.

Camp Quality is a weeklong summer camp for children with cancer and strives to provide hope to families. The Ambassadors visit the camp each summer, host a Christmas party every year for the group, surprise them at their schools or assemblies, visit them at the hospital and much more.

During Chiefs Training Camp last year, the Ambassadors hosted a group of children from Camp Quality, giving them a chance to experience training camp from a VIP tent, meet the players and receive autographs.

A five year old boy, Connor Miller, was one of the children in the group and was ecstatic when he was able to meet Dwayne Bowe. Miller had just finished his last round of chemotherapy and in the video you can hear Bowe encouraging the young boy and telling him to keep his head up. READ MORE.

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Arrowhead Art
The Chiefs are also focused on honoring local artists and educating students on the importance of art.

The Arrowhead Art Collection began in 2012, as a way to bring art and sports together. The program was designed to help promote regional culture, provide educational opportunities for the youth of Kansas City and to engage the community.

"Arts and sports do not need to live in separate silos, they can occupy the same space, in a sense that we now have this great collection at the stadium," Sharron Hunt, Chairwoman of the program, noted. "We are looking to offer an art program curriculum that will go along with the Sports Lab. The students will take a tour of the art with a docent and they will have a sketchbook and a study guide to answer questions about the pieces with their teachers in the classroom. Our educational curriculum is for third through eighth grade students." READ MORE.

If interested in seeing the art at Arrowhead, visit gowarrowhead.com.

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