Recently, the Chiefs newest members made their first community appearance when they hosted youth from Operation Breakthrough, a non-profit organization serving over 400 children daily from the Kansas City metro.
"This was our first opportunity as rookies to interact in the community; we've had our noses in our playbooks or practicing so this was a chance to get out and meet some of the community," QB Aaron Murray said. "This was a great group of kids and we were able to see the stadium, as well as, learn about the different artwork inside the stadium"
Chiefs Rookies take a tour with local kids around Arrowhead Stadium's art collection.
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. The group toured Arrowhead's Art Collection on the Scout Investments Club Level inside Arrowhead Stadium.
"This was an opportunity for the rookies to interact with some of the kids from Operation Breakthrough at Arrowhead Stadium," Chuck Castellano, Chiefs Community Relations Manager, explained. "It means the world to these kids to be able to spend the afternoon with Chiefs players and it also means a lot to the players. This was a great time for them to help make a difference, give back to the community and teach the youth about Arrowhead and art."
During the tour, the students and players learned about the 22 pieces of art that have been installed in the Arrowhead Art Collection. Each piece of artwork represents a regional theme, displays the Midwest culture and showcases a world-class collection of artwork.
"It was wonderful interacting with the kids, seeing the stadium, learning about the artwork and the history of the stadium," LB Dee Ford noted. "This was our first community event as Chiefs players and it was awesome representing this organization. These kids don't have the best examples in their lives, so it's important that we show them a good example and help teach them."
The Chiefs have a long-standing relationship with Operation Breakthrough. From 2005-08, Operation Breakthrough was the beneficiary of the Chiefs Charity Game. The Chiefs have also made numerous appearances, donations and sponsorships in conjunction with Operation Breakthrough.