Each year the Chiefs Community Caring Team hops on a bus and heads out to Ft. Leavenworth to visit military members and their families.
Members of the Kansas City Chiefs visit Paton Middle School and the Post Exchange at Ft Leavenworth on Wednesday.
Last week, the group visited Douglas MacArthur Middle School on post, to host a Play 60 event for students throughout Ft. Leavenworth. Students participated in five different drills and learned about staying active and eating healthy.
"We talked to the students about healthy eating habits and taught them different activities and you could see the excitement on their faces," Chase Daniel said. "These students don't really live a 'normal' life, they might be relocated a few times, so it's awesome to have the opportunity to interact with them."
Following the Play 60 event, the group presented Staff Sargent Arbic with a game ball from the Chiefs, recognizing him for his service and dedication.
Staff Sargent Arbic has served in the Army for seven years and just recently reenlisted for six more years.
"This is more than I what I had expected and I'm thrilled," Arbic commented. "Being recognized and getting to meet the Chiefs players is great. It's nice to know that these guys are willing to take time out of their day to spend time with us and the students on base. I really appreciate all of it."
The group also visited the exchange post to meet fans, sign autographs and take photos.
"It means so much to us to come out here and spend time with these families," Derrick Johnson noted. "Its' very important to us to give back to the military members in our community. My hat goes off to these men and women, I have a lot of respect for them; they are the real heroes. Whenever we can come out to the community and give back and thank them, it's a great opportunity."
Military Installation visits, such as this, is another one of the ways that the Chiefs salute our service men and women. We appreciate all the sacrifices they and their families make on our behalf "My dad served in the Navy and one of my best friends served in the Marines, so it means a lot to me to come out here and give back to these families," Daniel said. "We play football for a living, but these guys risks their lives every day to protect our country and we are so grateful for them and for what they do. Thank you to all of the military members and their families."