Derrick Johnson Held Third Annual Backpack Giveaway Thursday

DJ gave away 500 backpacks to students in need

Linebacker Derrick Johnson and the rest of the Kansas City Chiefs were given the day off from practice Thursday afternoon, but Johnson didn't dedicate the whole day to rest and relaxation.

At around 5:30 p.m., Johnson went to Arrowhead Stadium for his third annual backpack giveaway in connection with his Defend the Dream Foundation.

"My foundation caters to inner-city kids through education," Johnson said. "This program, 'Gearing Up,' gives out backpacks full of supplies just so that they can be very confident on the first day of school."


DJ's gearing up back to school program, sponsored by State Farm. Local kids received backpacks with School supplies and a tour of the Sports lab with DJ.


To be exact, Johnson handed out 500 backpacks full of supplies to Title I students from Kansas City schools, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Police Athletic League and the Rose Brooks Center.

Students at the event also met with Johnson, took a stadium tour of Arrowhead and experienced the NFL Play 60 lab.

"It's pretty cool to see all the kids very excited and having a great experience here at the Chiefs stadium," Johnson added.

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