Chiefs in the Community Part VI: Celebrating the Community & the Season

The Chiefs Ambassadors and Red Coaters are continually serving the Kansas City community


Red Coaters
The Red Coaters have been an essential part of the Chiefs organization since the team moved to Kansas City in 1963.

"Mayor Bartle rounded up community and civic leaders around town to show Mr. Hunt that the community would support a team, which is where the Red Coaters sprung from," Brian Gregory, Red Coater since 2006, explained. "The Red Coaters went out and got commitments from people to buy season tickets if the team moved here, without being able to even tell them who the team was."

This group is a community-service organization comprised of businessmen and women who are passionate about the Chiefs and have an opportunity to give back to the community.

The Red Coaters are so dedicated to the Kansas City community and has such a passion for helping others. In 2014, the group served over 4,200 hours of community outreach.

"We are part of the Chiefs Community Caring Team and participate in a wide variety of charity events; from visits to the VA Hospital, monthly Harvesters events, Kids TLC Gala, sacking groceries for needy families at Thanksgiving and much more," said Sandy Bentch, Head Captain of the Chiefs Red Coater.

Red Coaters participate in charitable fundraisers, community events, Training Camp, golf tournaments, NFL sponsored school programs, stadium events and are on the field during pre-game at Arrowhead Stadium. These are just a few of the many great works where Red Coaters are involved. READ MORE.

If interested in becoming a Red Coater, apply here.

Our Kansas City Chiefs Red Coaters in Action on game day and in the community.

Ambassadors
The Ambassadors are a group of former Kansas City Chiefs players from throughout the club's history. The Ambassadors have become a recognizable group throughout the NFL and serve as an innovative and worthy asset to the Chiefs Community Caring Team in the Kansas City region and beyond.

Throughout the 2014 season, the Ambassadors were, as always, extremely involved in the community. They visited children in the pediatric unit at the University of Kansas Hospital, they brought in the new year with members of the Don Bosco Senior Center, they hosted a group of young children battling cancer at Chiefs Training Camp and much more.

Although this group hasn't suited up in their Chiefs uniforms for a few years, they still serve the community, respect the fans and want to continue to give back to the incredible people who supported them over the years. READ MORE.

The Kansas City Chiefs Community Caring team, along with Chiefs Ambassadors Deron Cherry and Danan Hughes visited children at the University of Kansas Hospital and handed out holiday gifts.

Red Friday
Red Friday is the official kickoff to the start of the football season. Each year, the Chiefs honor Red Friday with a pep rally for fans to celebrate the start of the season and to raise money for charity through selling magazines or "This is Chiefs Kingdom" flags.

The Red Coaters and Ambassadors play a huge role in this event. They are out and about before the sun rises, along with Chiefs staff, KC Wolf, Chiefs Cheerleaders and others, to begin raising money for charity.

Last year, on Red Friday, the Chiefs and the Kansas City Community raised more than $100,000 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City. The total amount raised marks a single-day record for Red Friday fundraising.

Red Friday honors the long-standing tradition started by Chiefs Founder Lamar Hunt and the Chiefs Red Coaters of selling team-themed publications around the city to raise money for local charities. Since the inception of Red Friday, newspaper, magazine and flag sales have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local charities, with an emphasis on assisting youth in need. READ MORE.

Chiefs fans and staff celebrate Red Friday throughout Kansas City on September 5, 2014.

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