On Tuesday, the Chiefs Rookie Club visited a group of special needs students at the YMCA Challenger Sports Complex in Kansas City, Missouri.
The facility is designed for the inclusion of athletes with physical, developmental and intellectual disabilities.
"The goal is to have every kid playing. We don't want to turn away any child," Raegan Schurr, Adaptive Program Director with YMCA Challenger said. "Any challenges they may have, whether it's a birth injury, autism, cerebral palsy or whatever it may be, we welcome them."
Five different stations were set up, each of which highlighted a different Play 60 drill. The Chiefs players and Truman Medical Centers volunteers took the students through the drills, assisting and encouraging them through the stations.
"It's always a great opportunity to hang out with kids in the community and this was a chance to play some football and teach them about Play 60," QB Aaron Murray said. "These kids were so excited and had a lot of fun. It was the first time our whole group was hosting a community event and we had a great time."
The Chiefs have made a strong push for the NFL's Play 60 message and the inclusion of all children in the Play 60 program, regardless of physical or mental capabilities. Like the Chiefs, the YMCA holds the belief that all children need to know the importance of staying fit and leading a healthy lifestyle, making the Chiefs and the YMCA great working partners.
Kansas City Chiefs Rookies hang out and run drills with the Challenger Play 60 on September 30, 2014.
This is the third year of this partnership, but the team and its players have been involved with the YMCA Challenger group for over a decade.
"It's so exciting to work with the Chiefs," Schurr noted. "These kids were counting down the days until the Chiefs arrived. KC Wolf, the Cheerleaders and, of course, the players just brighten up their day and they love seeing the Chiefs. We're so fortunate to have a great partnership with the Chiefs organization."
Following the Play 60 drills, the Chiefs signed autographs and took photos with the students and their families.
Together, the Chiefs and TMC are working together to provide wellness education and promote healthy living for Kansas City area residents. The two organizations use events and messaging to help fans learn more about a healthy lifestyle with an emphasis on diet, exercise and the importance of regular doctor checkups and immunizations.