On Thursday morning, 45 members of the Chiefs staff and 10 cheerleaders hopped on a bus and headed out to Kessler Park in Kansas City, Missouri to volunteer their time and effort, in hopes of making an impact in the community.
Kansas City Chiefs staff and cheerleaders help clean up Kessler Park
The group participated in planting trees, cleaning up trash, clearing debris and eliminating invasive species overtaking Kessler Park.
"This event was in conjunction with Bridging the Gap and our Extra Yard for the Environment program, which encourages green efforts at Arrowhead and throughout the community," Brandon Hamilton, Chiefs Stadium Operations Director of Facilities, said. "This was a chance to take that next step with our community outreach initiatives and something we could do as an organization to benefit our community."
This was the first year the Chiefs hosted this event and staff members were thrilled to participate.
"This was a great way to help our community and a fun opportunity to work with co-workers in a different kind of environment," Molly Sjurson, Chiefs Partnership Activation Coordinator, said. "The Chiefs continually strive to make an impact in Kansas City and this was another way that we could contribute and work towards that goal of improving and impacting our community."
The group planted 40 trees and collected almost 2,000 pounds of trash, old tires and debris that had accumulated in the park. They also cleared out honeysuckle that had taken over parts of the park.
"Each week, different members of the Chiefs Community Caring Team serve the Kansas City area, but this event was unique because it brought all of the Chiefs staff together," Chuck Castellano, Chiefs Community Relations Manager, explained. "It was a great way to come together and make a difference as a unit in our own backyard."