On Friday, Chiefs S Eric Berry donated 500 backpacks full of school supplies to elementary and high school students through the Eric Berry Foundation.
"This is the second year we've had this event in Kansas City and it was incredible," Berry said. "I feel like this is a way take some stress off of the parents, help them out a little bit; they have a lot on their plates. I know my mom went through that process of trying to gather school supplies for me and my brothers; there were three of us so, I'm sure it wasn't easy. This event was a chance to help parents out and make it easier for them to prepare for the school year."
On Friday Eric Berry helped local kids get ready for going back to school, by handing out backpacks with school supplies.
The Eric Berry Foundation was created in 2010 in order to have a direct impact on the youth of Kansas City and Berry's hometown of Fairburn, GA. It's not only a way to help impact youth in the sports world, but also students who need guidance or direction.
"Eric feels this event is one that can help out the parents and students," Emily McNeill, with the Eric Berry Foundation, noted. "He mentioned seeing a mother with five kids one time and he couldn't imagine the cost of the school supplies for them. He appreciates everyone who came out to get a backpack and he truly appreciates everyone being such amazing fans. The Eric Berry Foundation looks to do it again next year."
During the event, families were able to play games, enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ, chips and ice cream, along with having the opportunity to meet Chiefs OT Rokevious Watkins, Chance Myers of Sporting KC, Miss Kansas United States Charity Stowers and Berry's parents, Carol and James.
"It was awesome to be a part of this event and to see Eric and his foundation getting kids ready for school," Chance Myers of Sporting KC noted. "It's one thing to provide backpacks to these kids, but then he's taking the time to talk with them, meet them, take photos with them; it's great for them to be able to have such a great role model like Eric."
To find out more about Eric Berry's Foundation, visit eb29.com.