The Kansas City Chiefs celebrated the most successful campaign in franchise history this past season as members of the red and gold hoisted the Lombardi Trophy for the first time in a half-century, but as unforgettable as the Super Bowl title was, the Chiefs' impact off the field throughout the local community was just as significant.
In fact, every facet of the organization contributed to dozens of events, hospital visits, fundraising efforts and acts of service in 2019, all of which continued a tradition of community outreach six decades in the making.
The 2019-20 Community Report sheds some light on those efforts, documenting everything from numerous player-led initiatives to a record $3 million in charitable giving through the Hunt Family Foundation.
"Part of the mission of the Chiefs is to 'Unite Our Community,' and we are proud to share with you in this report some of the many ways our Chiefs family joined together throughout the NFL's 100th season," Chiefs Chairman & CEO Clark Hunt says in the report's opening pages. "While our team was working toward a historic achievement on the field in 2019, our players, coaches and staff remained dedicated to serving the communities of our fans throughout Chiefs Kingdom."
That dedication included a visit to the University of Kansas Health System pediatric ward by All-Pro safety Tyrann Mathieu, who is featured on the report's cover along with one of his youngest fans. The pages continue with a myriad of events and initiatives centered around four major areas - families in crisis, health and wellness, civic responsibility and the legacy of the Chiefs – as part of the franchise's commitment to impacting individuals and families from every walk of life.
The eighth-annual report highlights several of the specific outreach efforts included in those areas, such as the staff-wide service project as nearby Lincoln College Preparatory Academy, an unforgettable surprise for a single mother at the Guadalupe Center, the Chiefs' support of the City Year program in local schools, the 265,000 meals collected through the Chiefs Kingdom Food Drive, the launch of the "Chiefs Flag" youth program across the metro area, a player visit to Whiteman Air Force Base, player-led events aimed at promoting social justice, the Chiefs Charity Game and the record-setting funds raised for Ronald McDonald House Charities through Red Friday flag sales.
Those particular events and so much more are covered in the report, which features quarterback Patrick Mahomes embracing a young fan in the moments prior to kickoff on the back cover. The photo chronicles a truly special moment, but it also exists as a metaphor for the incredibly unique bond that the Chiefs share with our community.
That relationship is about so much more than just game day, and once again through the Community Report, that impact is demonstrated on each and every page.
Check out the 2019-20 Community Report by clicking here.