With offseason programs about a month away, Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt is in the midst of getting prepared, but he took a break from all that on Friday morning to stop by Ridgeview Elementary to help hand out and then eat a healthy breakfast with the children.
Ridgeview Elementary earned his visit as one of four Olathe elementary schools that has implemented a free breakfast program for its students every morning.
"Even in the Chiefs' training camp, I was telling them, 'I'm 32 years old and every morning, I check my name off after I eat,'" Colquitt said. "That's what they do for everybody. It doesn't matter if you're Alex Smith, me, whoever; everybody checks off and says you eat breakfast, lunch and dinner.
"It's mandatory, so it's cool that this school electively has gotten into that program and are taking care of these students. It's amazing."
The Midwest Dairy Council and Kansas State Department of Education's Child Nutrition and Wellness Department honored Ridgeview Elementary for its efforts as part of the "Fuel Greatness" and "Fuel Up to Play60" initiatives.
Dustin Colquitt visited with students at Ridgeview Elementary to talk about the importance of breakfast and fueling up to play 60.
"Decades of research shows us that kids do better in school, on the playground and at home when they eat a healthy breakfast," said Bridget Sheehan with the Midwest Dairy Council. "Schools throughout the Midwest, including Ridgeview Elementary, have made great strides toward ensuring every student has a chance to eat breakfast, and we are grateful for their initiative and creativity in driving awareness and participation."
Items included in the breakfast that Colquitt handed out were cereal, yogurt and milk. As he sat with the children, he shared that all throughout his playing career, from Pop Warner to professional, his football coaches have felt similarly along the whole way.
"I know that's always the heavier-emphasized thing by coach Reid and any coach that I've had in the past in school," Colquitt explained. "Get breakfast, knock that out and it's important. It fuels your day and keeps your mind focused and on your path."