Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith made his way to Arrowhead Stadium after OTA practice on Thursday afternoon, but it wasn't to take any additional reps on the field.
Thursday marked a graduation ceremony in connection with Cornerstones of Care, an organization that has partnered with the Alex Smith Foundation since 2015.
"I'm just really happy that this all worked out when I did get traded here and to have the connection with Cornerstone of Care," Smith said. "They were already running the YES! program and there were so many similarities to what I had been doing with my foundation in California."
The YES! program stands for "Youth Educational Success" and according to its website, assists foster youth in facing barriers to attending college. That includes lack of financial resources, lack of emotional support from caring adults and lack of social opportunity.
The program was developed to address these barriers and increase the number of foster youths who attend and graduate from college.
"It just was such a fluid transition here (from San Diego) with my foundation, just to kind of pick up where we left off there and really kind of connect it all here into the local area," Smith added. "It's been awesome. They've been great … They put in so much time, and actually, they're so integrated in so many different areas of family services, child protective services, foster care in the area, so for us to kind of connect with them, it's been great."
The ceremony at Arrowhead Thursday celebrated the achievements of 28 students who successful graduated high school or obtained a GED/HiSET despite their various obstacles.
Smith spoke at the event.
"What Alex and his foundation have done is raise awareness about the needs of foster youth, especially foster youth who are transitioning to adulthood," Denise Cross, the CEO of Cornerstones of Care, said. "His participation and support really helps us bring awareness and helps support children within our community."