Together with about 25 students from Operation Breakthrough, the Chiefs Rookie Club explored Arrowhead Stadium for everything it has to offer this past Wednesday, first beginning with a tour of the Hall of Honor presented by Chiefs historian Bob Moore.
"The Hall of Honor pays tribute to the American Football League and the Kansas City Chiefs," Moore explained to the rookies.
Seeing the various team artifacts and history was something that made an immediate impact to offensive lineman Mitch Morse, who was taking his first trip to the Hall of Honor.
"It's kind of nice to take a step back and really appreciate all that's happened so far," Morse said of taking in the Hall. "This was paved by the blood and sweat of guys before us."
After the Hall of Honor tour, the students and players had more of a chance to interact on a different type of tour—one of the Arrowhead Art Collection.
Lee Duckett, Operation Breakthrough's associate director of marketing and events, loved that the children in attendance were able to meet and greet with some of the newest faces of the Chiefs.
"This is huge for these kids, to be able to see these players up close and personal," she said. "They hear about them, but they don't really know who they are. For them to have the exposure and to be inside of Arrowhead today is very big for them."
Being able to experience fine, local art, she explained, also added to the experience.
"I think it can inspire them," she said of the Arrowhead Art Collection. "We have kids that want to be football players someday, of course, and we have a little girl over there that's a really good artist and it's good for her to see this kind of thing and it's great for the kids to experience different things."
After wrapping up the second tour of the day, the last item on the agenda was a meeting for the players and students with artist Matthew Dehaemers, who showed those in attendance how to make some art of their own.
"It was a lot of fun," tight end James O'Shaughnessy said. "Obviously, Arrowhead's pretty amazing, so there's a lot of stuff to do, a lot of stuff to see.
"Finishing up with arts and crafts makes it the most fun."